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Scientists examined seven "mortality shocks" in history including the Irish potato famine, and found women outlived men.

Scientists at the University of Southern Denmark looked at seven periods in history where "mortality shocks" occurred and large swathes of the population were wiped out by disasters.

They included the 1845 Irish potato famine, deadly measles epidemics in Iceland in 1842 and 1882 as well as the survival rates of slaves in Trinidad in 1813.

It's well known that women can expect to live longer, with Brit blokes' life expectancy at 79.4 years, compared to 83.1 years for the fairer sex.

And it's a trend that's reflected across the world, in almost all countries.

Period9. Jan 2018 → 4. Feb 2018

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