Prometheus, Older Than Methuselah: A Clip

I became interested in including the Milarchs and Champion Tree Project in A Life’s Work after I read that they had cloned the Methuselah tree, a Bristle Cone Pine that is the oldest known living thing on the planet. In my interview with Jared Milarch, he mentioned a tree that was known to be older than Methuselah. Here’s a snippet of the interview and some recently shot footage of Bristle Cone Pines. The Methuselah tree was not photographed or  videotaped. In fact, its location is a secret known to very people.


Not so coincidentally, shortly after I returned from filming the trees my friend Starlee Kine hipped me to this Radiolab story about the Prometheus Tree, which according to the ring count (4,844 rings/years), was older than Methuselah. It starts around 14:50 seconds in, but the first segment is worth a listen as well.

4 Replies to “Prometheus, Older Than Methuselah: A Clip”

  1. Hi David,

    It looks you are another Bristlecone Pine lover. I think you might be interested to join the Bristlecone Forum at or just email me for more information about the Ancient Patriarchs. The Prometheus is older than you did mention it above.


    Arvy 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comment, Arvy. I check out your website. Nice stuff on there.

      I do love Bristlecone Pines. They are quite a tree. I love their environment, too. High desert. It was a joy to visit them and video them.

      Hope to see you around here again.


    1. Hi Mohammed,

      It is very sad. But at least we’re beginning to appreciate the value of these old trees. Maybe…

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it.


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