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Discovery of Late Life

Laurence D. Mueller

in Does Aging Stop?

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199754229
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754229.003.0002
Discovery of Late Life

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Human demographers have long noticed and documented a reduction in the acceleration of human mortality rates with age. But this pattern in human data was not considered of general scientific importance until the virtual cessation of aging was documented quantitatively in two insect species in 1992. Since then, post-aging late life has been documented in a variety of experiments. These plateaus are not artefacts arising from inbreeding, density, etc. In the early 2000's, it was also discovered that late-life fecundity plateaus as well.

Keywords: late-life; aging; fecundity plateaus

Chapter.  5372 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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