Longevity Potential, Phylogenetic and Ecological Constraints in Mammals

  • François Bourliére
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 129)


The dependence of mammalian life span on some constitutional variables, adult body weight, brain body weight, specific metabolic rate and deep body temperature, has been repeatedly discussed by Sacher (1,2). Furthermore, having found, in his 1976 paper, a relationship between the rate of entropy production and the duration of life when body weight is constant, Sacher goes so far as to conclude that “everything we know about the neurological concomitants of mammalian longevity-sensory, intellectual, and motor-supports the intuition that the length of life of a species is closely related to its intelligence and, indeed, that longevity is a major teleonomic purpose and manifestation of animal intelligence.”


Small Mammal Entropy Production Daily Torpor Apodemus Sylvaticus Constitutional Variable 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Bourliére
    • 1
  1. 1.INSERM Gerontology Research UnitParisFrance

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