Oldest Tree On Earth: The Curse Of The Methuselah Tree (Nature History Documentary) | Timeline



On a desolate mountain top in California lives the world’s oldest organism – a gnarled and twisted bristlecone pine. The scientist who discovered the tree gave it the name Methuselah. It was a seedling when the Egyptian pyramids were being built and a mature tree at the time of Christ. It is now over 4,000 years old. The Curse Of The Methuselah Tree shows how the climate and dramatic events – from volcanoes to nuclear tests – over the last 4000 years have affected Methuselah’s growth rings. Archive footage and stunning computer animation are interspersed with Methuselah’s own narration, supplied by poet Roger McGough. The programme also contemplates the tree’s future and reveals the curse that has followed anyone who has dared to work on the tree – an early death.

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21 thoughts on “Oldest Tree On Earth: The Curse Of The Methuselah Tree (Nature History Documentary) | Timeline

  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    JUST AS OLD , ANCIENT AND AMAZING AS THE BLACK MAN AND WOMAN, ORIGINAL ON THIS PLANET, THE FIRST AND THE OLDEST

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    ..here's the thing, the oldest tree, oldest desert, oldest coral reef all under 5000 years…hmm ..maybe Noah's flood really happened 🙂

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Wow, so this is where the old saying comes from…..it,s older than methuselah. Great video.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    This is not the oldest tree n the world there r places n rainforest man hasn't even touched yet maybe the oldest n north america

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Hello. Hello?

    Hello? HELLLOOOO!!!!!

    Hey, HEY, HEY!!! HEY, CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME????!?!!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    It is such a shame that people who make these think we need music to understand what is being said. This would have been much better if there was no music. I am sorry I cannot watch this as you spoiled it with music loader then the speaker's voice

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Methuselah, you are amazing! May you live long after we are all gone.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    I'd like to cut it down and make a table out of it.
    I guess I'll have to find that desolate mountain top in California
    Cheers.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Thanks for this connection with history
    I love Brislecone Pine,,the ICON of ",perseverance furthers "

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Why is the damn BACK GROUND MUSIC so loud? It's called BACK GROUND MUSIC for a reason, smart guy!!!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Nature’s beauty and our politicians kill what belongs to all of us equally never forget that the politicians do not rule the world once we learn this we will truly be on the road to peace and the powerful corrupt will be kissing our feet because they are so few.

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  • December 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    Please go to the editing machine and reduce the soundtrack by at least 70%–you are really ruining a great work!

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