Scientists debunk oldest person conspiracy theories
Swiss and French scientists have torn apart several conspiracy theories relating to the oldest person who ever lived.
The French woman, Jeanne Calment, died in 1997 at the age of 122.
But many claim such an age is impossible. One theory suggested the old woman was actually Jeanne’s daughter who took on her mother’s identity to dodge inheritance tax. And another by a Russian mathematician says it’s statistically impossible for someone to live that long.
But teams working at the Geneva University Hospital and the National Institute of Medical Research in Paris say it is possible.
The researchers say records are clear that Jeanne’s daughter Yvonne, died at the age of 36 from an illness – her funeral was attended by a large crowd. And it is possible for someone to live that long. Although the chances are low.
But maybe the odds are better for hitting such an advanced age. Since 1997 there has been a person who lived to 119 and five more to 117.