jake_lex: eason for that was a much much higher rate of infant and young childhood mortality than we have now. If you made i
darkyn: I can see how higher infant mortality would change mean life expectancy but I don't see how that would change the apparent ages determined from fossil evidence.
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Pretty much everyone who didn't make it out of infancy is unknown.Average life expectancy presumes outliers.
impaler: 35 was a mean age, brought heavily down from childhood mortality and infective diseases.
Adman12: But hey, this is Fark. So it's not about learning more to answer a complicated question. It's a question of who's right and who's wrong, dammit!
impaler: 35 was a mean age, brought heavily down from childhood mortality and infective diseases.I.e. childhood vaccinations is the number one contributor to our increased lifespan - by far.
Adman12: If you want to examine life expectancy for most of human prehistory, the best you can do is study surviving hunter gatherer societies.
Barry McCackiner: There are obvious uses for modern medicine, but a lot of our current problems are caused by the fact that we have radically changed the style of living that we evolved into. The human species was not meant to just sit around all day eating 3 or 4 types of food in a day. End of story.
I_C_Weener: Well, we no longer pee and poop in our water supply. I'd say that is progress.
CPT Ethanolic: This. Also, there is not cure for cancer, so deal with it. You live long enough, you get cancer. Period.
jake_lex: Actually, most of the reason for that was a much much higher rate of infant and young childhood mortality than we have now.
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Julius Caesar lived until he had an unfortunate run in with several knives at 66Augustus Caesar was 75 when he diedSocrates was 71 until he had a drink that didn't agree with himAristotle was 61 when he stopped being...
"For most of human existence, according to fossil and anthropological data, the average human life expectancy was 35 years."
Wendy's Chili: Exercise = badObesity = goodGot it.
GAT_00: I always laugh when someone says that in seriousness anymore. Such naivety is quite funny.
Barry McCackiner: a lot of our current problems are caused by the fact that we have radically changed the style of living that we evolved into
Mike_LowELL: Let me ask you Organicrats a question: If processed food is so bad, then why does it taste so good?Argument refuted, clowns. More proof that when it comes to debate, I make Ayn Rand look like George Bush.
itazurakko: Well, even forgetting about evolutionary time scales, a lot of more recent cultural diets also were invented in times when working meant a lot of physical labor. So yeah, people loaded up on huge meals of noodles and whatever else, but they didn't sit around in front of a screen all day. European diets, looking at you...
damageddude: Well it is more pleasurable sitting in an air conditioned cube, knowing you have a ready food and water supply in your comfortable home then wondering, as you exhaust yourself looking for food, if today's the day dinner strikes back and catches you first while Ug up the road contemplates you with some nice fava beans because he covets your wife.I'd say that trade is worth a few years off the end.
ninjakirby: Why do I get this immense feeling that no one actually read the article?
indarwinsshadow: I wonder how they used to deal with tooth decay. I would have died a couple of years ago if it hadn't been for clindamycin. So how did they deal with periodontal problems? Or even simple things like a collapsed lung?
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