Extreme longevity tracking

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Extreme longevity tracking is the tracing and recording of claims of exceptionally long human lives (longevity), as a branch of demography.

Currently, there is no way to determine the chronological age of a human individual through scientific testing, and exaggeration of personal age is common; in the 2000 U.S. Census, 90% of those reporting age 110 or greater were believed to be false.[citation needed] Therefore, data on extremes can only be considered accurate when birth registration has been compulsory for at least 100 years. For example, Sweden began compulsory recordkeeping in 1749; the data is considered accurate since 1860 (Wilmoth, 1999); prior to this, age claims in Sweden went as high as 147.[citation needed] Birth registration in the US became universal only in 1933.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • Biodemography of human longevity
  • Guinness World Records


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  • Langdon Kain (April 1898), "Man's Span of Life", The North American Review, 166 (497), archived from the original on 2007-12-09
  • Young, Thomas Emley (1899). On Centenarians; and the Duration of the Human Race: A Fresh and Authentic Enquiry; with Historical Notes, Criticisms, and Speculations. London: Charles and Edwin Layton. OCLC 4874653. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Allan L. Benson (May 16, 1909). "Learning the length of life" (PDF). New York Times.
  • Bernard Jeune, James W Vaupel (1995). Exceptional Longevity: From Prehistory to the Present. Odense: Odense University Press. OCLC 300750028. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Michel Allard, Jaques Vallin, Jean-Michel Andrieux, Jean-Marie Robine (1996). "In search of the secret of centenarians". In Graziella Caselli, Alan D. López. Health and mortality among elderly populations. International studies in demography. Oxford University Press. pp. 75, 76, 85. ISBN 978-0-19-823337-4. OCLC 246972107.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Bernard Jeune; James W Vaupel (1999). Validation of Exceptional Longevity. ISBN 978-87-7838-466-9. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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