Why the oldest person in the world keeps dying– David Goldenberg, FiveThirtyEight

More people are living longer than ever before, but the maximum human lifespan seems to be stuck at 116-117 years or so, which means that the oldest living person at an given time has less time to enjoy the honor.

As of late last week, the oldest living person in the world is 116-year-old Italian Emma Morano, who is also the last known surviving person born in the 1800s – Nov. 29, 1899.

Italian Woman, 116, Has Become Last Known Living Person Born in 1800s – The Associated Press

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