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Mechanisms of Life History EvolutionThe Genetics and Physiology of Life History Traits and Trade-Offs$
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Thomas Flatt and Andreas Heyland

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568765.001.0001

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Integrating mechanistic and evolutionary analysis of life history variation

Integrating mechanistic and evolutionary analysis of life history variation

(p.3) Chapter 1 Integrating mechanistic and evolutionary analysis of life history variation
Mechanisms of Life History Evolution

Christian Braendle

Andreas Heyland

Thomas Flatt

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of life history theory and outlines empirical approaches towards understanding the evolution of life histories. It argues that in order to arrive at a complete understanding of how life history traits are expressed and how they evolve, information on genetic, developmental, and physiological mechanisms needs to be incorporated into the life history framework.

Keywords:   life history traits, life histories, fitness components, trade-offs, phenotypic plasticity, genotype-phenotype map, physiological mechanisms, molecular biology

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