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In the late 1990s, Italian medical statistician Gianni Pes of the University of Sassari and Belgian demographer Michael Poulain visited communal archives in many areas of Sardinia, examining birth and death certificates. The goal of their research was to calculate the extra longevity index (ELI), defined as the number of people born in Sardinia between […]

We humans, from a purely evolutionary point of view, are rather young. If we consider Lucy (the first known individual of the species Australopithecus afarensis, an early human ancestor) as a link with our primate cousins, we go back only 3.2 million years. This is a relatively short time in evolutionary terms; for example, the […]

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