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06/08/1964 Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world's oldest tree, is cut down


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Prometheus was the oldest known non-clonal organism, a Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing near the tree line on Wheeler Peak in eastern Nevada, United States. The tree, which was at least 4,862 years old and possibly more than 5,000, was cut down by a graduate student and the United States Forest Service personnel for research purposes.