Does High Fecundity Reduce Survival in Song Sparrows?

  title={Does High Fecundity Reduce Survival in Song Sparrows?},
  author={James N. M. Smith},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  volume={35 6},
Several life history models (reviewed by Stearns, 1976) incorporate the intuitively attractive assumption that animals forego maximum annual fecundity to increase their subsequent survival, Birds are among the most convenient animals to test this assumption, since fecundity and survival can be measured readily. Descriptive studies by Kluyver (1963) and Campbell (Lack, 1966, p. 109), and a recent experimental study by De Steven (1980), do not support the assumption. On the other hand, a… CONTINUE READING

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