Ecological and evolutionary preconditions of extended longevity in subterranean rodents

@article{Novikov2013EcologicalAE,
  title={Ecological and evolutionary preconditions of extended longevity in subterranean rodents},
  author={Evgeny A. Novikov and Gila Burda},
  journal={Biology Bulletin Reviews},
  year={2013},
  volume={3},
  pages={325-333}
}
According to the evolutionary theory of aging, a low level of extrinsic mortality, i.e., a low probability of the early death of animals, promotes an increase in the maximum lifespan. The subterranean rodents that dwell in well-protected environment, live longer than the terrestrial species. In the social African mole rat species with reproductive division of labor, the mortality of workers in wildlife is considerably higher than in breeders, while significant interspecific differences in the… CONTINUE READING
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