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Ageing Res Rev. 2006 Feb;5(1):14-32. Epub 2005 Aug 8.

The evolution of late life.

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, 321 Steinhaus Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-2525, USA.

Abstract

Late life is a distinct phase of life characterized by a cessation in the deterioration of survivorship and fecundity characteristic of normal aging. Several theories have been proposed to explain non-aging at late ages, specifically with regards to late-life mortality-rate plateaus. All such theories must be compatible with formal evolutionary theory and experimental findings. Here, we develop a critique of theories of late life based on evolutionary biology.

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16085467
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10.1016/j.arr.2005.06.003
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