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Late motherhood boosts family lifespan
Date:5/3/2009

ment could explain why the brothers and their late-birthing sisters had longer lives. So the researchers also examined the longevity of the brothers' wives.

They found no increase in lifespan, indicating that heredity far more than environmental factors played a role in the prolonged fertility and longer lives of the women, and the longer lives of their brothers.

Smith says the new findings do not conflict with one of his earlier studies finding that having larger families reduced parents' lifespan. Both findings can operate together.


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