publication . Article . Other literature type . 2007

Kin Selection and the Evolutionary Theory of Aging

Bourke, Andrew F.G.;
  • Published: 01 Dec 2007 Journal: Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, volume 38, pages 103-128 (issn: 1543-592X, eissn: 1545-2069, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Annual Reviews
Researchers are increasingly recognizing that social effects influence the evolution of aging. Kin selection theory provides a framework for analyzing such effects because an individual’s longevity and mortality schedule may alter its inclusive fitness via effects on the fitness of relatives. Kin-selected effects on aging have been demonstrated both by models of intergenerational transfers of investment by caregivers and by spatially explicit population models with limited dispersal. They also underlie coevolution between the degree and form of sociality and patterns of aging. In this review I critically examine and synthesize theory and data concerning these pr...
free text keywords: Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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