A trade-off-invariant life-history rule for optimal offspring size

  title={A trade-off-invariant life-history rule for optimal offspring size},
  author={Eric L. Charnov and Jerry F. Downhower},
OPTIMIZATION models have been widely and successfully used in evolutionary ecology to predict the attributes of organisms1á¤-6. Most such models maximize darwinian fitness (or a component of fitness) in the face of trade-offs and constraints; the numerical results usually depend on the exact form of the trade-offs/constraints. Here we report the first (to our knowledge) numerical optimum for life-history evolution which is independent of the details of the underlying trade-off, for a large… CONTINUE READING

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