Humans born in 1940 could ‘live to 140 and have 50/50 chance of living to 125’

The chances of living to 125 could be around 50% for people born after 1940, scientists reckon.

University of Georgia researchers also claim that some people could live to the grand old age of 140.

They reckon that humanity is still a long way off living to the maximum lifespans our mortal meat machines can really manage.

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The research indicates that there’s a chance there even could be no top limit to how long humans can live, The Mirror reports.

The study looked at people born in the UK as far back as 1880 and used this to predict what this might mean going forward.

Projections from the research suggest there's a chance blokes born after 1970 could have a shot at making it to 141.

Meanwhile, the oldest woman who was born in 1970 could in theory make it to the ripe old age of 131.

The authors of the study, however, have no confidence about these estimates because the people this involves – those born in 1970 – are still relatively young.

Instead, they concede that the estimates rely on statistical assumptions and may well play out differently in the real world.

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Looking at people of the generation before, however, they were able to say with a lot more certainty whether or not the modelling worked.

They reckoned with a 50/50 probability that a man who was born in 1940 could make it to 125 and a woman 124 and a half.

Dr David McCarthy, who led the study from the University of Georgia, said: "As these cohorts attain advanced ages in coming decades, longevity records may increase significantly.

"Our results confirm prior work suggesting that if there is a maximum limit to the human lifespan, we are not yet approaching it."

The oldest person to ever walk the earth was french heavy smoker Jeanne Calment who lived to the incredible age of 122.

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