Comparing Life Histories

  • Paul H. Harvey


Traditional interpretations of life history diversity view reproductive rates primarily as consequences of species differences in body size or some other key limiting variable. A more useful approach for understanding life history diversity is to combine optimality theory with comparative data on fertility and mortality schedules, which are likely to vary with habitat. Differences in body size are important in so far as they influence those schedules.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul H. Harvey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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