Senescence vs. sustenance: Evolutionary-demographic models of aging

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Humans, and many other species, suffer senescence: mortality increases and fertility decreases with adult age. Some species, however, enjoy sustenance: mortality and fertility remain constant. Here we develop simple but general evolutionary-demographic models to explain the conditions that favor senescence vs. sustenance. The models illustrate how mathematical demography can deepen understanding of the evolution of aging. © 2010 Annette Baudisch & James W. Vaupel.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baudisch, A; Vaupel, JW

Published Date

  • November 10, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 /

Start / End Page

  • 655 - 668

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1435-9871

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4054/DemRes.2010.23.23

Citation Source

  • Scopus