So much for the wonders of technology and medicine, for all our advances, human mortality rates are on par with chimps.
Human aging and mortality rates are comparable to those of other primates.
The new findings counter prior theories that the pace of human aging was unique.
Being female and being in a species with low male-to-male competition both appear to increase longevity.
With our clothing, high-rises, technology and more, we humans would seem to be animal kingdom outsiders, existing outside the norm. But despite all our advances, it turns out we age and die at the same rate as other primates.
The finding, published in the latest issue of Science, shows how strong our ties to chimpanzees, gorillas and other primates is and counters the long-held belief that, with our relatively long life spans and access to modern medicine, we age more slowly than other animals.
"We are making a conceptual point that humans are really very much more similar in their aging patterns to other primates than anyone had suspected before," co-author Susan Alberts, a professor of biology at Duke University, told Discovery News.