Evolutionary Biodemography

Is Evolution determining how we are aging?

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How long we live, how many children we can have, and how tall we become are determined by many factors, including genes, the environment we live in, and chance—in human beings as well as in animals. Thus, evolution shapes the demographic setup of an organism, which, in turn, shapes evolution. But demographic inertia, chance, and the stochasticity of the environment also play major roles. Gaining a better understanding of these connections and investigating the parameters that define the mortality and fertility of individual species are the aims of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Biodemography.Detailed description


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Aging out of bounds - New demographic data show how diversely different species age – biologists can not explain why. (08.12.2013)

Original Article
Owen R. Jones, Alexander Scheuerlein, Roberto Salguero-Gómez, Carlo Giovanni Camarda, Ralf Schaible, Brenda B. Casper, Johan P. Dahlgren, Johan Ehrlén, María B. García, Eric Menges, Pedro F. Quintana-Ascencio, Hal Caswell, Annette Baudisch, James W. Vaupel: Diversity of ageing across the tree of life, Nature 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nature12789



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