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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


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

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


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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Chapter 7 Hormone regulation and the evolution of frog metamorphic diversity

Daniel R. Buchholz, Christine L. Moskalik, Saurabh S. Kulkarni, Amy R. Hollar, and Allison Ng

Chapter 12 Patterns and processes of human life history evolution

Michael P. Muehlenbein, and Mark V. Flinn

Chapter 14 The genetics of dietary modulation of lifespan

Johannes H. Bauer, and Stephen L. Helfand

Chapter 16 Mechanisms of aging in human populations

Maris Kuningas, and Rudi G.J. Westendorp

Chapter 20 Honey bee life history plasticity: Development, behavior, and aging

Brenda Rascón, Navdeep S. Mutti, Christina Tolfsen, and Gro V. Amdam

Part 7 Concluding remarks

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