Humanity as a species has reached the peak of his ability, biologists said

The people inhabiting the Earth today, are superior in growth, physical performance and longevity as ancestors and descendants. To such conclusion the group of scientists from several French research and educational institutions. According to them, the people managed to “make the most” of the inherent nature of our species, and the reason for the future recession can be a bad environment.


Thanks to the development of medicine and many other achievements of civilization such indicators as the average height of a man and his life expectancy, increase somewhat with each generation. Many believe that this trend will continue in the future. To verify this, the team of experts has compiled a large amount of information collected for 120 years.

As reported by experts, they found out that the reviewed indicators, there is an “upper limit” that people are increasingly able to achieve, but almost never to exceed. The value of this limit, apparently, depends on the environmental situation.

The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology.

Previously, other experts have expressed the view that, even if the average life expectancy of people in the future will continue to grow, “upper limit” without intervention in the very nature of the human body, most likely, will remain unchanged. Dutch researchers from the Erasmus University came to the conclusion that the chances of men to live past 114 years, and women – more 115,7 years, in all likelihood, always will be extremely small. A year earlier another group of scientists from the Medical College of albert Einstein, published a little more optimistic, but similar to the forecast that 115 years will be a “medium to long” lifespan. The ‘maximum’ age, these researchers called for 125 years – the probability that at least one person on Earth will live longer than was estimated at 0.0001 percent.

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