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Mechanisms of Life History Evolution: The Genetics and Physiology of Life History Traits and Trade-Offs

Thomas Flatt and Andreas Heyland

Abstract

Life history theory seeks to explain the evolution of the major features of life cycles by analysing the ecological factors that shape age-specific schedules of growth, reproduction, and survival and by investigating the trade-offs that constrain the evolution of these traits. While life history theory has made enormous progress in explaining the diversity of life history strategies among species, it traditionally ignores the underlying proximate mechanisms. In this book the editors and the authors argue that many fundamental problems in life history evolution, for example the nature of trade- ... More

Keywords: life history evolution, aging, trade-off, hormone, plasticity, pleiotropy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199568765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568765.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Flatt, editor
Institute of Population Genetics, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria

Andreas Heyland, editor
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Canada

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Part 7 Concluding remarks

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