A genetic “clock” lets scientists estimate how long extinct creatures lived. Wooly mammoths could expect around 60 years.
Knowing an animal's normal lifespan is hugely important for conservation efforts, but it's harder to find out than you'd think.
Did anyone check the number of candles on here?
Based on his age in 'dog years,' could your animal pal legally buy alcohol? Or would he be cashing in on his senior discount? Veterinarians are more interested in life stage than a particular number.
Is the observation that the standard of living stagnated until 1820 reliable?
Despite the technological advances that humanity has known for millennia, the standard of living did not begin to rise until around 1800.
Studies are showing that loneliness can be deadly, even more so than obesity.
Loneliness shortens our life spans and some studies suggest it's even more lethal than obesity. We are physiologically and psychologically primed for connection, so don't shrug off your loneliness.
We all have to die of something, so why can’t I die by delicious donuts?
Sure, you have to die of something, but you may not have to die so soon - and you could be healthier, wealthier and happier in the meantime.
How likely is it that someone alive today may live for centuries?
Reader Adam Barclay, 44, wants to know if someone his age has any chance of living forever.
A new analysis found spending on health doesn’t have a big effect on whether people die prematurely.
Our new meta-analysis, which pooled results from 65 studies, looked at health-care spending by both the private and public sectors including preventive and curative care.
Mice can slow the wheel of ageing almost at will. Humans, not so much.
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Anti-ageing research often uses short-lived model species such as mice. But these species age in a very different way to us, so they may not tell us all that much about boosting our own lifespans.
A tale of generations.
Longer-lived parents have healthier children - but why? Insights from the UK Biobank study.
A Finnish family, pictured around the late 19th century.
Study investigates whether a decrease in serious childhood disease could be extending human lifespan.
What are the oldest living animals on the planet?
We want products that last, it's up to manufacturers to provide us with the information we need to buy them.
Jonas the lemur defied his small size by living to the age of 29.
David Haring, Duke Lemur Center
A new study looking at a long-lived lemur species attributes it to their frequent hibernation-like state. But what lessons can humans learn from this?
Stretching the limits.
Hey Mr Glen
When I was younger, about ten years old, I realised that everyone ages and dies. And I thought well why should that be? Can’t we do something about it? I then thought I’d do it. I’ll study ageing and figure…
Certain genes control lifespan.
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Nothing is more certain in life than death. As we age, we become much more susceptible to major diseases like cancer and heart disease because the mechanisms that help prevent them earlier in life start…
When a fruit fly’s ability to taste its food or water is suppressed, its lifespan significantly increases or decreases – regardless…
Good news for short blokes. Researchers have found the shorter a man is, the longer he will live. The University of Hawaii…
Good old Harriet, gone but not forgotten.
Eric K Veland
Some species live for a very long time, others more fleeting. Bristlecone pines have remarkable life spans of around 5,000 years and in the animal kingdom, creatures like elephants, whales and tortoises…