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Reproductive constraints and the evolution of life histories with indeterminate growth

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Title: Reproductive constraints and the evolution of life histories with indeterminate growth
Author: Charnov, Eric; Turner, Thomas; Winemiller, Kirk
Subject(s): dimensional analysis
fish
reptiles
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ontogeny
Abstract: This article develops a new evolutionary model for life histories by combining a new production-growth model with some general, yet specific, constraints on reproductive allocation, and by allowing natural selection to adjust the age of first breeding and the metabolic/productive capacity of cells. The optimal life histories correctly predict the numeric value of dimensionless numbers that combine maturation age (size), mortality, and reproductive allocation. The life-history prediction also yields a new lifetime growth model for body mass under indeterminate growth and predicts that the fastest growth rate will be near the size at first reproduction. Table 1 is a glossary of terms, whereas Appendix A is a brief overview of the optimization problem.
Date: 2001-07-31
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Citation: Charnov, E.L., T.F. Turner and K.O. Winemiller. 2001. Reproductive constraints and the evolution of life histories with indeterminate growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 98:9460-9464.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/1657

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