Longevity Among Hunter‐ Gatherers: A Cross‐Cultural Examination

@article{Gurven2007LongevityAH,
  title={Longevity Among Hunter‐ Gatherers: A Cross‐Cultural Examination},
  author={Michael D. Gurven and Hillard S. Kaplan},
  journal={Population and Development Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={33},
  pages={321-365}
}
Post-reproductive longevity is a robust feature of human life and not only a recent phenomenon caused by improvements in sanitation, public health, and medical advances. We argue for an adaptive life span of 68-78 years for modern "Homo sapiens" based on our analysis of mortality profiles obtained from small-scale hunter-gatherer and horticultural populations from around the world. We compare patterns of survivorship across the life span, rates of senescence, modal ages at adult death, and… Expand

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