New Evidence Suggests World’s Oldest Woman May Have Actually Faked Her Age ????

The Guinness World Records website lists Jeanne Calment as the oldest person ever. She was 122 years and 164 days old when she died on August 4, 1997.

For a little perspective about Jeanne’s lifetime, Guinness says:

“She was born on 21 February 1875, around 14 years before the Eiffel Tower was constructed (she saw it being built), and some 15 years before the advent of movies. The year after her birth, Tolstoy published “Anna Karenina” and Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.”

A recent investigation by Russian researchers throws Jeanne’s real age into doubt, however. In fact, mathematician Dr. Nikolay Zak and gerontologist Dr. Valery Novoselov call into question whether Jeanne was actually Jeanne at all.

Dr. Zak hypothesized that Calment may have assumed her mother’s identity upon her death to avoid paying high estate taxes on her inheritance.

In an article published by the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to extending the human lifespan, Dr. Valery Novoselov says:

“If we imagine the curves of survival in these studies, Jeanne is a dot away from the main trend that they describe. Most longevity records are very close to one another. Whenever a new record is set, the person dies several days or several weeks later, very rarely several months later. However, we are never speaking about years apart, definitely not several years.”

Twitter users are fascinated by this story.

Some were still quite skeptical.

Some people enjoyed speculating and providing more evidence.


Until more evidence surfaces, this will probably remain a fascinating mystery.