Early life expenditure in sexual competition is associated with increased reproductive senescence in male red deer.

@article{Lematre2014EarlyLE,
  title={Early life expenditure in sexual competition is associated with increased reproductive senescence in male red deer.},
  author={Jean-François Lema{\^i}tre and Jean-pierre Gaillard and Josephine M Pemberton and Tim H Clutton-Brock and Daniel H Nussey},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2014},
  volume={281 1792}
}
The evolutionary theories of senescence predict that investment in reproduction in early life should come at the cost of reduced somatic maintenance, and thus earlier or more rapid senescence. There is now growing support for such trade-offs in wild vertebrates, but these exclusively come from females. Here, we test this prediction in male red deer (Cervus elaphus) using detailed longitudinal data collected over a 40-year field study. We show that males which had larger harems and thereby… CONTINUE READING
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