Book Chapter

Sterbealter gleichen sich an

Colchero, F., Rau, R., Scheuerlein. A., Schwentker, B., Vaupel, J. W.

[Lifespans becoming more similar]

In: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften (Ed.): Research report 2017, 1-6 (2017)
M√ľnchen: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.



The higher the life expectancy in a society, the smaller the difference between the ages at which people will die. This relation can be described by a mathematical rule, as demographic data from many countries show. The relationship holds not only for very different human cultures and epochs, but similarly for non-human primates. Although separated by millions of years of evolution, for both humans and non-human primates the lives of females tend to be longer than the lives of males, suggesting deep evolutionary roots to the male disadvantage.