But What About Life Expectancy?
Didn’t paleolithic/primal humans only live to be 35? Maybe, maybe not. Even if the average life expectancy was 25, there are many factors to consider. Infant mortality, infection, accident, and natural hazards all played a role in keeping “average” life expectancy down. There is even speculation that the methods used to estimate age of fossils could be skewed, meaning the fossils were “older” than we give them credit for. Modern hunter-gather tribes can be a nice comparison, with the adults living well into the 60s and 70s (without health problems) despite the lack of modern conviences and medicine. The general thinking is that although many of our ancestors died young, the ones who escaped natural life hazards lived long, healthy lives. Keep in mind, the average life expectancy for romans and greeks were about 28, medieval people around 30 and at the turn of the 20th century, U.S. citizens had an average life of about 40 years of age.
A few articles on life expectancy…
Just How Long Did Grok Live, Really? Article from Mark’s Daily Apple
Just How Long Did Grok Live, Really – Part 2 (Continued)
Paleo Life Expectancy Article from Primal Wisdom