Evolution of Life Histories

  • Alan Hastings


We have looked at the role of births and deaths at different ages in determining the dynamics of a population. The schedule of births, deaths, and emigration/immigration is known as the life history of a species. In addition to looking at the effect of the life history on the dynamics of a population, we can also ask how this life history arose. You are probably already familiar with plants and animals having wildly different life histories — some species are much longer lived and reproduce many more times than others.


Life History Reproductive Effort Annual Species Perennial Species Future Reproduction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Hastings
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  1. 1.Division of Environmental StudiesUniversity of California at DavisDavisUSA

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