A Cohort is Not Representative of Humanity: Review of ‘Evidence for a Limit to Human Lifespan’ by Ilya Kashnitsky :: SSRN

In the freshly published research letter, Dong, Milholland, and Vijg (DMV) reported that they found strong evidence for a limit to human lifespan. Analyzing data from International Database on Longevity2, they found that the yearly maximum reported age at death (MRAD, i.e. age at death of the world’s oldest person died in a specific year) stopped increasing from the mid-1990-s reaching a plateau at around 115 years. Even though the authors acknowledge that the data on “the supercentenarians are still noisy and made of small samples”, they feel safe to conclude that “the results strongly suggest that the human lifespan has a natural limit”. I argue that the results and conclusions of the study are likely to be caused by just a data artifact, and that they are hardly generalizable for the humanity.

Source: A Cohort is Not Representative of Humanity: Review of ‘Evidence for a Limit to Human Lifespan’ by Ilya Kashnitsky :: SSRN

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