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Species Senescence

  • Igor Popov
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Abstract

Many orthogeneticists argued that species and other taxa undergo the same transformation as individuals: they are born, develop and die. While the environment or competitors can indeed cause extinction, senile and weak groups, which are about to die anyway, are the first to succumb. Their opponents claimed that extinction was always a forced process caused by competitors and/or changing conditions and/or direct extermination and that the origin and evolution of species was not age-related. A lack of convincing explanations of past extinctions testifies in favour of species senescence.

Keywords

Extinction Senescence Survival Abiotic and biotic factors Bioevents 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor Popov
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  1. 1.Saint Petersburg State University, N. N. Petrov Research Institute of OncologySaint PetersburgRussia

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