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The Evolution of Life Historiesby Stephen C. Stearns
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
Introduces life history evolution to postgraduate students just beginning their research in population biology, ecology, or evolutionary biology. Discusses major analytical tools, gives examples of their applications, and provides problems for discussion at the end of each chapter.
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Offers a summary of life-history evolution, a field that holds a central position in modern ecology and evolutionary biology. Structured for teaching, with problem sets at the end of each chapter, it covers the evolution of the life cycle and the causes of phenotype variation in fitness.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -243) and indexes.
Table of Contents
1. Evolutionary Explanation
2. Demography: Age and Stage Structure
3. Quantitative Genetics and Reaction Norms
5. Lineage-specific Effects
6. Age and Size at Maturity
7. Number and Size of Offspring
8. Reproductive Lifespan and Ageing
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