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The evolution of sleep is inevitable in a periodic world

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There are two contrasting explanations of sleep: as a proximate, essential physiological function or as a behavioral, adaptive state of inactivity and these hypotheses remain widely debated. To investigate the adaptive significance of sleep, we develop an evolutionary argument formulated as a tractable partial differential equation model. We allow demographic parameters such as birth and mortality rates to vary through time in both safe and vulnerable sleeping environments. From this model we...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1371/journal.pone.0201615

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Doctoral Training Centre - MPLS
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
St Peter's College
Publisher:
Public Library of Science Publisher's website
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PLoS ONE Journal website
Volume:
13
Issue:
8
Pages:
e0201615
Publication date:
2018-08-06
Acceptance date:
2018-07-19
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ISSN:
1932-6203
Pubs id:
pubs:886057
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uri:bd75b935-0925-4ac8-a324-68857e41e34e
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uuid:bd75b935-0925-4ac8-a324-68857e41e34e
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pubs:886057
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