Humans May Be Evolving to Live Longer
A new study of the oldest people in Italy showed that once they reached 105 years of age, they were less likely to suddenly die than younger people. There seems to be something unique about people who make it to super-ager status.
Although genetics and lifestyle play a role, researchers believe humans are adapting to be able to live even longer. “The increasing number of exceptionally long-lived people … strongly suggest that longevity is continuing to increase over time.” – Elisabetta Barbi, Sapienza University of Rome
The verified longest-lived person was Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at 122 years and 167 days old.