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In episode 6, after they get rid of the bees, Kate and Jack find two bodies in the caves. We, later, get to know that they are Jacob's twin's and his mother's bodies. At that point Jack says (at ~13:45): "It takes 40 to 50 years for clothing to degrade like this".

Shouldn't the bodies be much older?

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Are you still watching the show, and are you aware of the shows finale? because the answer to this question is a big spoiler if not. –  John Smith Optional Jan 22 at 11:15
    
@JohnSmithOptional, yeah. I'm watching the show for the fourth time now. Don't worry. –  Jefffrey Jan 22 at 11:33
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there's your answer then. For any questions over rules of reality/physics being broken: see final episode. –  John Smith Optional Jan 22 at 12:08
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@JohnSmithOptional, I'm not sure I follow. –  Jefffrey Jan 22 at 14:03
    
Are you asking why the clothing is only 40-50 years old or asking why the bodies haven't decomposed longer, since we know how old MIB and his mother are? –  Jared Jan 22 at 20:05

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The comments have been misleading. The show's creators have been very clear about the fact that they were not dead the whole time, only during the flash-sideways in season 6. The explanation given on the official podcast by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse for what Jack says is simply that he isn't an anthropologist, or archaeologist, so he misjudged the age of the clothes by about 2000 years.

I, for one, don't quite believe this explanation, and I think it's simply that the original vision for Adam and Eve was for them to be characters from a much more recent time, and Jack's estimate was originally intended to be accurate. But, later on, the story took a different direction.

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