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Fitness benefits of prolonged post-reproductive lifespan in women
Most animals reproduce until they die, but in humans, females can survive long after ceasing reproduction. In theory, a prolonged post-reproductive lifespan will evolve when females can gain greaterExpand
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Does the contraceptive pill alter mate choice in humans?
Female and male mate choice preferences in humans both vary according to the menstrual cycle. Women prefer more masculine, symmetrical and genetically unrelated men during ovulation compared withExpand
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Heritability and genetic constraints of life-history trait evolution in preindustrial humans.
An increasing number of studies have documented phenotypic selection on life-history traits in human populations, but less is known of the heritability and genetic constraints that mediate theExpand
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Evolution of sex differences in lifespan and aging: Causes and constraints
Why do the two sexes have different lifespans and rates of aging? Two hypotheses based on asymmetric inheritance of sex chromosomes (“unguarded X”) or mitochondrial genomes (“mother's curse”) explainExpand
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Reproductive Behavior and Personality Traits of the Five Factor Model
We examined associations between Five Factor Model personality traits and various outcomes of reproductive behavior in a sample of 15 729 women and men from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) andExpand
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Early development, survival and reproduction in humans
Environmental factors commonly influence the growth and early development of individuals in wild populations of mammals. Such influences can exert downstream effects on the phenotypic quality andExpand
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Sons Reduced Maternal Longevity in Preindustrial Humans
ilies. To focus on the long-term effects, we included only postmenopausal women, i.e., women who lived to over 50 years of age, in our analyses. We found that maternal longevity was not related toExpand
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When fecundity does not equal fitness: evidence of an offspring quantity versus quality trade-off in pre-industrial humans
Maternal fitness should be maximized by the optimal division of reproductive investment between offspring number and offspring quality. While evidence for this is abundant in many taxa, there haveExpand
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Influence of early-life nutrition on mortality and reproductive success during a subsequent famine in a preindustrial population
Individuals with insufficient nutrition during development often experience poorer later-life health and evolutionary fitness. The Predictive Adaptive Response (PAR) hypothesis proposes that poorExpand
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Maternal effects in cooperative breeders: from hymenopterans to humans
  • A. Russell, V. Lummaa
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B…
  • 27 April 2009
The environment that an offspring experiences during its development can have lifelong consequences for its morphology, anatomy, physiology and behaviour that are strong enough to span generations.Expand
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