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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 30
11-02-2010, 05:01 AM
Originally Posted by Forgotten-Nemesis View Post
That won't work. To figure out who from TOS might be alive, you have to look at life expectancy of people born in the 23rd century. All we have to go on is McCoy's appearance in TNG which indicates life expectancy must've been at least 120 back then. I'd say that any human who was born in the 23rd century had a decent shot of living into the late 24th but not much longer than that.
You have to keep in mind that "science marches on," and that includes medical science. Life expectency in the 23rd century is likely longer than it is here in the early 21st (which is around the late 70s to early 80s last I checked) - and it's likely that the years grew longer as medical science progressed. If life expectency in the 23rd century is around 100, then it is entirely possible that it's expanded to 120-140 by the TNG era, and McCoy benefited from such advances. Of course, it's possible that he doesn't have many of his original organs left, and if he does, he's extremely lucky - or it's all that clean Tennessee living.

The relaunch book series has a character who is over 100 years old and still kicking. It's not impossible that he too benefited from advances in medical science.