Human genealogy reveals a selective advantage to moderate fecundity

  title={Human genealogy reveals a selective advantage to moderate fecundity},
  author={Oded Galor and Marc Klemp},
  journal={Nature Ecology \& Evolution},
Life-history theory suggests that the level of fecundity of each organism reflects the effect of the trade-off between the quantity and quality of offspring on its long-run reproductive success. The present research provides evidence that moderate fecundity was conducive to long-run reproductive success in humans. Using a reconstructed genealogy for nearly half a million individuals in Quebec during the 1608–1800 period, the study establishes that, while high fecundity was associated with a… 
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