Humans Are Living Longer, Females Longer Still

Humans as a group are living longer and more healthy lives than ever - hardly antediluvian lifespans yet, but tremendously longer than only a couple of hundred years ago. Not just humans, but other primates too - and females of the different species still lead in the lifespan department.
An international team from the U.S., Germany, Denmark, Kenya and Canada compiled records of births and deaths for more than a million people worldwide, from the 18th century to the present. The data included people in post-industrial societies such as Sweden and Japan, people born in pre-industrial times, and modern hunter-gatherers, who provide a baseline for how long people might have lived before supermarkets and modern medicine.

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