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A new metric of inclusive fitness predicts the human mortality profile

Newman, Saul J.; Easteal, Simon

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Biological species have evolved characteristic patterns of age-specific mortality across their life spans. If these mortality profiles are shaped by natural selection they should reflect underlying variation in the fitness effect of mortality with age. Direct fitness models, however, do not accurately predict the mortality profiles of many species. For several species, including humans, mortality rates vary considerably before and after reproductive ages, during life-stages when no variation in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-01-21
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/13613
Source: PLOS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117019

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