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The Fast-Slow Continuum in Mammalian Life History: An Empirical Reevaluation

Bielby, Jon; Mace, Georgina M; Bininda-Emonds, Olaf R. P.; Cardillo, Marcel; Gittleman, John L; Jones, Kate E.; Orme, C. David L.; Purvis, A.


Many life-history traits co-vary across species, even when body size differences are controlled for. This phenomenon has led to the concept of a "fast-slow continuum," which has been influential in both empirical and theoretical studies of life-history evolution. We present a comparative analysis of mammalian life histories showing that, for mammals at least, there is not a single fast-slow continuum. Rather, both across and within mammalian clades, the speed of life varies along at least two...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: The American Naturalist
DOI: 10.1086/516847


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