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Living fast and dying young: A comparative analysis of life‐history variation among mammals
This paper compares patterns of mortality from natural populations of mammals with a variety of life histories and finds that, after removing the effects of body weight, mortality is the best predictor of variation in life-history traits. Expand
Network thinking in ecology and evolution.
Recent applications of network thinking to the evolution of networks at the gene and protein level and to the dynamics and stability of communities are reviewed. Expand
Geographical Distribution and Diversity of Bacteria Associated with Natural Populations of Drosophila melanogaster
Overall, bacterial communities associated with adult D. melanogaster hosts are diverse and differ across host populations, and no relationship was observed between species richness and a variety of abiotic factors, such as temperature and latitude. Expand
Evolution of alternative sex-determining mechanisms in teleost fishes
The evolutionary lability of sex-determining modes in fishes contrasts strikingly with the evolutionary conservatism of sex determination within both mammals and birds. Expand
  • D. Promislow
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Evolution; international journal of organic…
  • 1 December 1991
Evidence is presented in support of the hypothesis that senescence will be lower in large‐brained taxa, an increase in the probability of mortality with age, which is highest in short‐lived species with short generation times. Expand
Costs of sexual selection in natural populations of mammals
  • D. Promislow
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London…
  • 23 March 1992
It is suggested that in monogamous species the cost of reproduction to females will be similar to that of polygynous species, however, males of monogamy species will be spared the costs of male-male competition and dimorphic growth. Expand
Mate Choice, Sexual Conflict, and Evolution of Senescence
The possibility that sexual conflict may explain sex-specific differences in longevity and may act as a driving force in the evolution of senescence is explored. Expand
Mortality costs of sexual dimorphism in birds
In this analysis of mortality patterns across 28 North American passerine bird species, it is shown that sex-biased mortality is positively correlated with both sexual size dimorphism and male plumage brightness, and it is argued that the evolution of male brightness has been constrained by mortality costs. Expand
Age-specific patterns of genetic variance in Drosophila melanogaster. I. Mortality.
Results from a genetic analysis of mortality in Drosophila melanogaster fail to support a prediction derived from MEDAWAR's "mutation accumulation" theory for the evolution of senescence, but results could be consistent with alternative interpretations of evolutionary models of aging. Expand
Functional and evolutionary inference in gene networks: does topology matter?
It is argued that ‘top-down’ inferences of biological properties based on simple measures of network topology are of limited utility, and simulation results suggest that much more detailed information about a gene’s location in a regulatory network, as well as dynamic gene-expression data, are needed to make more meaningful functional and evolutionary predictions. Expand