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Late Life Is Predicted by Hamiltonian Evolutionary Theory

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/9780199754229.003.0003
Late Life Is Predicted by Hamiltonian Evolutionary Theory

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Hamilton's Forces of Natural Selection acting on age-specific survival and fecundity imply strong selection during development and weakening selection during the first part of adulthood. After the last ages of survival and reproduction in a population's evolutionary history, Hamiltonian theory predicts endless plateaus in the Forces of Natural Selection. Explicit models of life-history evolution show that these plateaus allow the evolution of late-life plateaus in both age-specific survival and fecundity.

Keywords: Hamilton; Force of Natural Selection; life-history

Chapter.  4768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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