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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.

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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]

dc.contributor.authorBielby, Jon
dc.contributor.authorMace, Georgina M
dc.contributor.authorBininda-Emonds, Olaf R. P.
dc.contributor.authorCardillo, Marcel
dc.contributor.authorGittleman, John L
dc.contributor.authorJones, Kate E.
dc.contributor.authorOrme, C. David L.
dc.contributor.authorPurvis, A.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:59:41Z
dc.identifier.issn0003-0147
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/61210
dc.description.abstractMany 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 largely independent axes when body size effects are removed. One axis reflects how species balance off-spring size against offspring number, while the other describes the timing of reproductive bouts.
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
dc.sourceThe American Naturalist
dc.subjectKeywords: body size; comparative study; continuum mechanics; empirical analysis; life history; mammal; phylogeny; Mammalia; animal; article; body size; mammal; phylogeny; population dynamics; reproduction; Animals; Body Size; Mammals; Phylogeny; Population Dynamics Comparative study; Fast-slow continuum; Life history; Mammals; Phylogeny
dc.titleThe Fast-Slow Continuum in Mammalian Life History: An Empirical Reevaluation
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume169
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor060309 - Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9511635xPUB594
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBielby, Jon, Imperial College London
local.contributor.affiliationMace, Georgina M, Zoological Society of London
local.contributor.affiliationBininda-Emonds, Olaf R. P., Technische Universitat Munchen
local.contributor.affiliationCardillo, Marcel, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGittleman, John L, University of Virginia
local.contributor.affiliationJones, Kate E., Zoological Society of London
local.contributor.affiliationOrme, C. David L., Imperial College London
local.contributor.affiliationPurvis, A., Imperial College London
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage748
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage757
local.identifier.doi10.1086/516847
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T08:15:19Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34248401223
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