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Is there evidence for a limit to human lifespan?

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Figure 1: Distance jumped for gold-, silver-, and bronze-medallists at the Olympics (1960–2016) and the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships (1983–2015).


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M.P.R. performed data analysis, M.P.R., T.B.L.K. and R.G.J.W. wrote the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Maarten P. Rozing.

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Rozing, M., Kirkwood, T. & Westendorp, R. Is there evidence for a limit to human lifespan?. Nature 546, E11–E12 (2017).

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