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Sang-Hee Lee

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 97: Human Longevity and World Population

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Human Longevity and World Population
Human longevity and world population

The link between human longevity and world population seems direct and obvious: The world population is increasing, and the proportion of elderly is increasing as well, as more humans are living longer. Will human life span increase infinitely? Why is there an aging process? How does human longevity compare to that of other primates? How did longevity change over human evolutionary history? What follows is a review of research examining these questions and other aspects of human longevity and a discussion of world population growth.

Definitions of Longevity

Longevity, or life span, is the period of time between the birth and death of an organism. This definition is misleadingly straightforward, because the point when life begins and ends ...

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