Discovery of Late Life
Human demographers have long noticed and documented a reduction in the acceleration of human mortality rates with age. But this pattern in human data was not considered of general scientific importance until the virtual cessation of aging was documented quantitatively in two insect species in 1992. Since then, post-aging late life has been documented in a variety of experiments. These plateaus are not artefacts arising from inbreeding, density, etc. In the early 2000's, it was also discovered that late-life fecundity plateaus as well.
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