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Death Spirals

Laurence D. Muller

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/9780199754229.003.0009
Death Spirals

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Unlike mortality, there are no general purpose models to describe age-specific fecundity patterns. This chapter shows that using very basic conclusions about the effects of natural selection on fecundity and a newly-discovered physiological phenomenon called the death spiral results in highly accurate descriptions of female fecundity in Drosophila.

Keywords: natural selection; fecundity; drosophila; death spiral

Chapter.  5495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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