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Why Aren’t the Oldest Living People Getting Any Older?

30th September 2012

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Well, some people worry about these things.

Last month, a 114-year-old former schoolteacher from Georgia named Besse Cooper became the world’s oldest living person. Her predecessor, Brazil’s Maria Gomes Valentim, was 114 when she died. So was the oldest living person before her, and the one before her. In fact, eight of the last nine “world’s oldest” titleholders were 114 when they achieved the distinction. Here’s the morbid part: All but two were still 114 when they passed it on. Those two? They died at 115.

2 Responses to “Why Aren’t the Oldest Living People Getting Any Older?”

  1. Dennis Nagle Says:

    Maybe we’ve finally found the design limits on human longevity.

  2. lowly Says:

    I remember Asimov breaking down species by number of heartbeat, If I recall correctly, humans were good for about six million.