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    repeated use of identical names by a small population

    Whenever I ask this kind of common sense-like quesition, I feel guilty. But I'm asking as I can't figure it out. This is about a fake longevity record. Does the underlined mean a possible example of "An old man named James died at 90, but another villager boy, 10 years old, named James also succeed to his life record, so did the boy become 100(90+10)?"
    I also don't get how "baptismal records" are related in this case.

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    ex) It's not the fountain of youth, but a lot of very old people have suddenly become much younger thanks to anthropological detective work..., the study was sparked by an American researcher's discovery that a man reputed to be 122 in 1971 had become 134 by 1974. The study attributed increased longevity chiefly to the repeated use of identical names by a small population, making baptismal records unreliable indicators of age.

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    Re: repeated use of identical names by a small population

    Imagine that there are two people calles James Postule. The first was born in 1920, and died in 2001. The second was born in 1940. If he claims to be 92 this year, (instead of his true age of 72), a search of the records shows that a James Postule was born in 1920, and so he may be believed.
    Last edited by 5jj; 01-Jul-2012 at 23:16. Reason: typo

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