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The Evolution of Life Histories

The Evolution of Life Histories

Stephen C. Stearns
4.8/5 (12 ratings)
This book is the first comprehensive summary of life-history evolution, a field that holds a central position in modern ecology, evolution, and population biology. The book offers an up-to-date description of the analytical tools used in evolutionary explanation: demographics, quantitative genetics, reaction norms, trade-offs, and phylogenetic/comparative analysis. It goes on to discuss the evolution of such major life-history traits as age and size at maturity; clutch size, reproductive investment and size of offspring; reproductive lifespan; and aging. This is an essential text for biologists wishing to understand the evolution of the life cycle and the causes of phenotypic variation in fitness. It is additionally the only book available designed specifically for teaching the subject, with problems and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
Language
English
Pages
264
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Release
July 16, 1992
ISBN
0198577419
ISBN 13
9780198577416

The Evolution of Life Histories

Stephen C. Stearns
4.8/5 (12 ratings)
This book is the first comprehensive summary of life-history evolution, a field that holds a central position in modern ecology, evolution, and population biology. The book offers an up-to-date description of the analytical tools used in evolutionary explanation: demographics, quantitative genetics, reaction norms, trade-offs, and phylogenetic/comparative analysis. It goes on to discuss the evolution of such major life-history traits as age and size at maturity; clutch size, reproductive investment and size of offspring; reproductive lifespan; and aging. This is an essential text for biologists wishing to understand the evolution of the life cycle and the causes of phenotypic variation in fitness. It is additionally the only book available designed specifically for teaching the subject, with problems and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
Language
English
Pages
264
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Release
July 16, 1992
ISBN
0198577419
ISBN 13
9780198577416

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