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Longevity and ageing: appraising the evolutionary consequences of growing old

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Senescence or ageing is an increase in mortality and/or decline in fertility with increasing age. Evolutionary theories predict that ageing or longevity evolves in response to patterns of extrinsic mortality or intrinsic damage. If ageing is viewed as the outcome of the processes of behaviour, growth and reproduction then it should be possible to predict mortality rate. Recent developments have shown that it is now possible to integrate these ecological and physiological processes and predict...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rstb.2005.1738

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Funding agency for:
Michael B. Bonsall
Publisher:
Royal Society Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Journal website
Volume:
361
Issue:
1465
Pages:
119-135
Publication date:
2006-01-05
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EISSN:
1471-2970
URN:
uuid:899f4369-afef-4574-8032-330e604e3938
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ora:3796

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