Shift in Longevity Gave Ancient Man a Competitive Edge Researchers have discovered a dramatic increase in human longevity that took place around 30,000 B.C. Scientists say the increase in the number of relatively old people likely had a major impact, giving modern humans a competitive edge that ensured their evolutionary success. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports.

Shift in Longevity Gave Ancient Man a Competitive Edge

Shift in Longevity Gave Ancient Man a Competitive Edge

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Researchers have discovered a dramatic increase in human longevity that took place around 30,000 B.C. Scientists say the increase in the number of relatively old people likely had a major impact, giving modern humans a competitive edge that ensured their evolutionary success. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports.