Dimensionless numbers and life history evolution: Age of maturity versus the adult lifespan

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Within many taxa the age of maturity is not simply positively correlated with the adult lifespan; the two variables are proportional to each other. The dimensionless number which is the constant of proportionality thus becomes something to be predicted by life history theory.

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Charnov, E.L., Berrigan, D. Dimensionless numbers and life history evolution: Age of maturity versus the adult lifespan. Evol Ecol 4, 273–275 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02214335

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Keywords

  • Endotherms
  • ectotherms
  • life history rules
  • comparative demography