Menopause: an evolutionary perspective.

@article{Austad1994MenopauseAE,
  title={Menopause: an evolutionary perspective.},
  author={S N Austad},
  journal={Experimental gerontology},
  year={1994},
  volume={29 3-4},
  pages={255-63}
}
  • S N Austad
  • Published 1994 in Experimental gerontology
Evolutionary biologists classify theories of menopause as either: 1) adaptive, suggesting that female reproductive cessation results from its selective advantage, in that the increased risk of personal reproduction late in life makes it biologically more advantageous to rechannel reproductive energy into helping existing descendents, or 2) nonadaptive, indicating menopause is an artifact of the relatively recent dramatic increase in human longevity. With the possible exception of pilot whales… CONTINUE READING

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