The Oldest Living Organism

Bristlecone pines are the oldest living trees in world. The Bristlecone pine is also considered the strongest living organism, having survived the harshest living conditions on Earth.

In 1957, a scientist named Edmund Schulman discovered the oldest living organism in earth’s history – the Bristlecone pine. He named his discovery “Methuselah”. The name actually came from a Bible character under the same name who was known to be the longest-lived person mentioned in the Scriptures.

Image via Wikipedia

This tree is estimated to be 5,000 years old. Imagine it was already an old tree when the Egyptians were building the pyramids.

The Bristlecone pine can be found atop the mountains of Western United States and grows at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet. The tree survived the harshest living conditions on earth: below zero temperature, brawny winds, small amount of rainfall and thin air.

Image via Wikipedia

This tree reminds me of the words of Mark Malloch-Brown,

Good timber does not grow in ease;

The stronger wind, the tougher trees;

By sun and cold, by rain and snows,

In tree or man, good timber grows.

Tribulations in a man’s life will give him character. As such, difficulties that we will encounter could actually be good for us. Adversities are important ingredients of life’s process that will produce good results in our lives. Just like the proud “Methuselah”, the tree that survived the harsh elements of nature.

Image via Wikipedia

You might want to check these articles:

34
Liked it
33 Responses to “The Oldest Living Organism”
  1. Glynis Smy Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Interesting article.


  2. Luffy12 Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Beautiful!


  3. jigs of pagtuki Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:43 am

    I hope they will protect these trees even though they are tough they still need love to survive.


  4. misanthropope Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:50 am

    i like your trees, but i think the crud that GROWS ON NUCLEAR FUEL RODS has a pretty good claim to “the harshest living conditions on earth”


  5. Eunice Tan Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Thanks for this informative piece.


  6. Unofre Pili Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 5:23 am

    That’s a fascinating information kabayan. The tree is older than Christianity!


  7. The Quail Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Interesting article.


  8. Darla Beck Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Great article!


  9. stephencardiff Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Great article! fascinating information… i like it thanks


  10. rutherfranc Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

    that`s a new thing learned today.. nice simile of using the resistance of the tree that can be applied to our lives..


  11. Juancav Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Ancient trees,amazing.


  12. Karen Gross Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Great job! I also enjoyed the analogy of resistance that rutherfranc mentioned.

    Just a note to Unofre Pili – yes the tree is older than Christianity, but not older than creation.


  13. Jo Oliver Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Very interesting read….thanks


  14. Alina Beck Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’d never heard of this tree before – thanks for the article!


  15. wangari Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    and all this time i hought my grandma was the toughest, now i know better … kidding, thanks for the info. :)


  16. Loading Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Good job.


  17. clay hurtubise Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Nice work, interesting.
    Thanks,
    Clay


  18. SHildner Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm


  19. Ori Sonata Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Very interesting. I would be nice if human can live as long as these trees.


  20. Radhika Bhargava Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Its a great informative article!!!!!


  21. lyle Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 7:58 am

    wow I leaned something good today.


  22. Melody SJAL Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Very interesting.


  23. Mr Cool Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Ver interesting article, that tree is even older than something that’s 4999 years old :) . Anyway I have to tell you I’m tougher than that tree because I have to live in the harsh climate of school, lol.


  24. matthew Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I read something earlier this week about a challenger, a coral that was recently found is older, but some people might disagree about whether it is a single organism.


  25. Phill Senters Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Nice, i always liked trees.


  26. valli Says...

    On March 31, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Fascinating!


  27. CutestPrincess Says...

    On April 2, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Great article, pictures make it very interesting and easy to read


  28. S M Blomker Says...

    On April 3, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I love this site, you learn new things everyday on here by people like you, who write some interesting articles.


  29. Shari86 Says...

    On April 3, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Interesting article, and I really like the pictures.


  30. Lliam King Says...

    On April 3, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Wonderfully written. Photos appear authenic. I’m impressed. I’ve enjoyed you portfolio. Reading more in progress. Thank You.


  31. MMV Abad Says...

    On April 4, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I love how you ended your article. So true. Thank you my friend.


  32. Darla Beck Says...

    On December 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Very interesting article!


  33. revivor Says...

    On June 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

    there are wonderful trees around us all – we need to open our eyes!!


Post Comment
comments powered by Disqus