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Supercentenarians and remarkable age records exhibit patterns indicative of clerical errors and pension fraud

By Saul J. Newman

Posted 16 Jul 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/704080

The observation of individuals attaining remarkable ages, and their concentration into geographic sub-regions or blue zones, has generated considerable scientific interest. Proposed drivers of remarkable longevity include high vegetable intake, strong social connections, and genetic markers. Here, we reveal new predictors of remarkable longevity and supercentenarian status. In the United States supercentenarian status is predicted by the absence of vital registration. In the UK, Italy, Japan, and France remarkable longevity is instead predicted by regional poverty, old-age poverty, material deprivation, low incomes, high crime rates, a remote region of birth, worse health, and fewer 90+ year old people. In addition, supercentenarian birthdates are concentrated on the first of the month and days divisible by five: patterns indicative of widespread fraud and error. As such, relative poverty and missing vital documents constitute unexpected predictors of centenarian and supercentenarian status, and support a primary role of fraud and error in generating remarkable human age records. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.

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