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Unformatted text preview: reproduction diverts resources away from the maintenance and repair of cells, the results is ageing and is consistent with the Principle of Allocation Key results: o Negative correlation between the number of years survived beyond 60 and the number of children o Women who started reproducing later lived longer o ~50% of the women who lived passed 81 had no children o longevity is not only correlated between parents and offspring, but between husband and wife… thus shared environment plays a role o ageing using human data assumes that the observed variation in longevity is due in part to genetics Future Questions: o Is there an optimal clutch size that maximizes Darwinian fitness for humans? o Is there an effect of marital status on longevity? o What are the causes and consequences of female reproductive behaviour?...
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- Spring '12
- Reproduction, Barren Aristocrat Author, life Antagonistic Pleiotropy, acting deleterious genes