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[Perspectives] Nobody on the face of the globe lived longer

When James Cook sailed Endeavour out of Plymouth harbour in 1768, life expectancy at birth worldwide was probably somewhere between 25 and 30 years and had not increased much since hunter gatherer times. Subsequently, the force of the industrial age, also known as the Great Acceleration, has altered the face of the planet and transformed human prospects. In 2016, the expectation of life at birth of the average global citizen is more than 70 years, and rising. Life expectancy at birth integrates all causes of mortality at all ages.