Aging and the Inevitable Limit to Human Life Span

Jan Vijg, Eric Le Bourg

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There is a long-lasting debate about a natural limit to human life span, and it has been argued that the maximum reported age at death, which has not increased for ca 25 years, fluctuates around 115 years, even if some persons live beyond this age. We argue that the close connection of species-specific longevity with life history strategies explains why human life span is limited and cannot reach the considerably longer life spans of several other species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-434
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Centenarians
  • Dietary restriction
  • Life expectancy
  • Life-history strategy
  • Limits to life span
  • Maximum life span
  • Maximum reported age at death
  • Negligible senescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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