I disagree, while I was being rather grandiose on the submarine bit, my point was we routinely do long mission type activities. Rather than do an artificial study, there is a wealth of real world data to draw from and analyze. But apparently that leap of logic was too much for your amazing brain, and you took too literal an interpretation.
Secondly, we are still the same people. Doing a considerable amount of historical searching, one thing is clear we have not changed much in 500 years. We've gotten more advanced, and mostly better educated, most do less physically demanding work, are relatively better off financially, etc. But for the most part we've not changed much physiologically, and arestill capable of doing the things we did 100, 200, 500 or even a 1000 years ago.
Thirdly, I never said the editor was an idiot, merely that he/she didn't bother to look deep enough before posting this unworthy of /. study news.
Lastly, I'm impressed at your extreme powers of intelligence detention being able to determine an idiot from a single paragraph of a written opinion, while simultaneously ignoring higher intellect functions.