So a bunch of famous, rich, well educated, ruling class, Greeks and Romans who never did a dangerous thing in their life and who lived long enough to accomplish historical things lived nearly as long as current people? I don't doubt it. Evolution doesn't work that quickly. But even if you lived past your 5th birthday, your days were going to be fewer than today.
Of course, if you take a current day man, have him renounce the majority of medical learning, do a physically taxing job like fishing or farming and then work him like the ancients did (Weekends weren't invented until the Industrial Revolution) he's not going to have his three score and ten. You know, like the 80% of the world's population that lives outside of the first world.
a physically taxing job like fishing or farming and then work him like the ancients did
Dan'l Boone, who got a mention here somewhere yesterday, lived to 94 but no, you're right.
I stalled 2 hrs on the post wondering whether is should read: Nasty, British & Short.