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Questions tagged [lifespan]

The time between birth and death, either for an individual or as an average of a species.

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Is a species lifespan affected by meat consumption?

I read a review-like article about the hypothesis of Caleb E. Finch in a science magazine. The article of interest engages with the idea of Finch "[arguing] that immune functions and nutrition ...
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Which infectious disease would increase global life expectancy the most if eradicated [closed]

In the 1700s it was estimated, by Daniel Bernoulli, that wiping out smallpox would increase global life expectancy by over three years. If we could wipe out one infectious disease today, which would ...
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How do nerve cells live so long?

Most cells or single-cell organisms do not live very long. However, neurons tend to live a whole lifetime or more under some conditions. How could they live so long? I would guess that one of the ...
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How does human life expectancy change with age?

Human life expectancy tends to be given as a single number reflecting age at death from birth. But life expectancy should really grow the longer you live, because, for example, once you hit your ...
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How to find the age of a memory stored in the brain?

Is there any way to find how old one's memory is? One can find the age of stones, plants, animals, etc. So why not find the age of a memory stored inside one's brain?
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Is the human lifespan still expanding?

Description 200 years ago, the human lifespan was roughly 35 to 40 years long. And it has doubled in length since then. Question Will the human lifespan continue to expand in length?
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Can we estimate longevity from menopause age?

This is from an answer in other question, about the age at which menopause occurs: Aristotle's assessment was similar to those of Hippocrates and also Roman authors, so it seems that 2000 years ...
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Are there biological reasons why life expectancy is lower for men in most countries of the world?

I've been checking life expectancy figures for men versus women in many countries of the world and the figures for men sometimes are terrifying. Countries like Russia have a 12 years gap in disfavor ...
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Which species ages the fastest?

Assuming there a relationship between aging and lifespan (from birth to death, source).. some trees live for thousands of years, but hamsters only live for a few (3-4) years. Which species has the ...
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Why do germs live longer on surfaces than on skin?

After looking up how long germs live for on surface, I came across lots of resources that explain how long germs live on different surfaces. A common pattern is that germs survive longer on cold/...
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Maximum biologically possible age for a human being?

Today, most of people die because of some kind of illness that we do not yet have a cure for. However, if that was not the case, how long can human body possibly live for? Is there a theoretical ...
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Longest lived land mammal when subtracting sleeping time?

Recently, it has been found that wild elephants only sleep two hours per night. Wild elephants also live quite long, the median life span is 56 years. Now, 56 years lived with 2 hours sleep per day ...
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When do fireflies glow in their lifetime?

Does a firefly glow only when adult or larva? Or does it glow during its whole life. By glowing, I mean that they glow only when they require, not all the time. Is there a reason (evolutionary ...
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How long do tiny spiders live? [closed]

I'm pretty sure there's a spider in my ear. I feel it move and hear the scratching (i blame my cat for playing with bugs in the bed). I've gone to the doctor, but all they do is flush my ear with ...
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Infant Death Adjusted Historical Human Lifespan

I had found a good paper at one point to describe this but I can't seem to locate something similar now. I am looking for a manuscript that describes average human lifespans throughout history/...
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What is the evolutionary advantage to a lifespan limit? [duplicate]

How/Why Do Koi have a lifespan of hundreds of years? Do humans have a lifespan of decades? Do dogs have such a short lifespan? Within these questions I pose further questions. How does size relate ...
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Why does decreasing intake of protein prolongs the lifespan of a fly?

A book I read about aging suggests that it is established that a fly lives much longer when it is fed less protein. What does protein intake has to do with the lifespan of an organism? Why not ...
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Longevity Experiments

I realize this is a bit of a long shot, but sometime this year I was reading a paper about experiments that I believe were performed in Drosophila (may have been planaria) where breeding was delayed ...
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Relationship between lifespan and reproductive age?

I remember reading a while ago that there is a "general rule" in biology between an animals lifespan and when they reach reproductive age. In other words, an organism that reaches sexual maturity ...
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Does reproduction cause aging ? Is aging just a strategy to increase reproductive success in all organisms? [closed]

Background for why I am asking this: I read a book—modern biological theory and experiments on celibacy— which uses life history theory to imply that reproduction is the reason why organisms grow old....
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How do we predict the lifespan of dinosaurs?

Of course, they are fossils now. I found a link here which states that herbivors lived far longer than carnivores. The example being a T-Rex being "old" at 29, and a herbivorous Bothriospondylus ...
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Is global life expectancy normally distributed?

I am trying to find out what the world distribution of life expectancy looks like.
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Where can I find a global life expectancy table?

I've found good information on specific countries and demographics, but I can't seem to find global numbers. I know that the world life expectancy is around 71.0, but I'm trying to get a percentile ...
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Why do skinny people live for shorter than the norm even though calorie restriction extends life expectancy?

If I understand correctly, calorie restriction may extend life expectancy slightly (not proven exactly how much for human). But according to the statistics, skinny healthy people have even shorter ...
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Would a person live longer, if such a person lived in a planet with lower gravity? (say, Mars) [closed]

I was wondering: some companies plan to colonize Mars, many of us know. But if one were to live on Mars, would this person live longer? It seems to me that a lower gravity would mean less overall ...
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Could we slow down life? [closed]

As far as I know there is no absolute time measurement (one that would measure time in a non-environment-dependent fashion) in any life form. Only such time measurements exist, which are dependent ...
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Would it be more genetically efficient to have shorter lifespans?

If, for example, humans had an average lifespan of, say, 30 years, and we reached sexual maturity at age 10, then we could "evolve" more quickly and theoretically "weed-out" more genetic diseases ...
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How far can we go in engineering our own evolution? [closed]

After recently seeing Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and reading Kip Thorne's The Science of Interstellar, I've seriously been reflecting on the challenges mankind faces in becoming space pioneers, ...
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Does the metabolic rate determine how fast the telomeres shorten?

In many papers one can read that telomeres may play an important role in longevity. According to Calado et al.1 the telomeres of mice are much longer than the telomeres of humans. However, mice have ...
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Human longevity interventions ranked by effectiveness [closed]

Generally living longer and with a better quality of life is considered a good thing, if not for ourselves then for our family and friends who care about us. Some factors that influence human ...
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How was the cama's life expectancy computed?

A cama is a hybrid between a male dromedary camel and a female llama. The first cama was born on January 14, 1998, yet on the Wikipedia page it is said that a cama's life span is 30–40 years. How was ...
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Do trees have no set lifespan and “quite”immortal?

Many trees survive centuries and die only in disasters like storms and lightnings or infections. So do they have no set life span? Are they exceptionally resistant to genetic mutations and have very ...
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Organs lifespan out of the body [closed]

What organ can be conserved outside of the body for the longest time and still function when reimplanted?
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How is it proved, that antediluvian people didn't live for hundreds of years? [closed]

Bible says that antediluvian people lived for 800-900 of years. Nowadays apologists say that it is possible and that we just can't know the truth. I know that one of the basic science principles is ...
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Why do ants live so long?

I was surprised to learn that worker ants in some species live many years. I would have expected a lifespan of a few weeks or months (which is apparently the case for many species). What factors ...