Diversity of ageing across the tree of life

Jones, Owen R., Scheuerlein, Alexander, Salguero-Gomez, Roberto, Camarda, Carlo Giovanni, Schaible, Ralf, Casper, Brenda B., Dahlgren, Johan P., Ehrlen, Johan, Garcia, Marıa B., Menges, Eric S., Quintana-Ascencio, Pedro F., Caswell, Hal, Baudisch, Annette and Vaupel, James W. (2014) Diversity of ageing across the tree of life. Nature, 505 7482: 169-173. doi:10.1038/nature12789

Author Jones, Owen R.
Scheuerlein, Alexander
Salguero-Gomez, Roberto
Camarda, Carlo Giovanni
Schaible, Ralf
Casper, Brenda B.
Dahlgren, Johan P.
Ehrlen, Johan
Garcia, Marıa B.
Menges, Eric S.
Quintana-Ascencio, Pedro F.
Caswell, Hal
Baudisch, Annette
Vaupel, James W.
Title Diversity of ageing across the tree of life
Journal name Nature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-0836
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/nature12789
Open Access Status
Volume 505
Issue 7482
Start page 169
End page 173
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Evolution drives, and is driven by, demography. A genotype moulds its phenotype's age patterns of mortality and fertility in an environment; these two patterns in turn determine the genotype's fitness in that environment. Hence, to understand the evolution of ageing, age patterns of mortality and reproduction need to be compared for species across the tree of life. However, few studies have done so and only for a limited range of taxa. Here we contrast standardized patterns over age for 11 mammals, 12 other vertebrates, 10 invertebrates, 12 vascular plants and a green alga. Although it has been predicted that evolution should inevitably lead to increasing mortality and declining fertility with age after maturity, there is great variation among these species, including increasing, constant, decreasing, humped and bowed trajectories for both long-and short-lived species. This diversity challenges theoreticians to develop broader perspectives on the evolution of ageing and empiricists to study the demography of more species.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 8 December 2013.

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