Menopause: no support for an evolutionary explanation among historical Norwegians.

@article{Skjrv2013MenopauseNS,
  title={Menopause: no support for an evolutionary explanation among historical Norwegians.},
  author={Gine Roll Skj{\ae}rv\o and Eivin R\oskaft},
  journal={Experimental gerontology},
  year={2013},
  volume={48 4},
  pages={408-13}
}
Life history theory proposes that menopause is either an epiphenomenon or an adaptation. The most recent adaptive hypothesis proposes that menopause in humans has evolved because of conflict between reproducing generations (RCH). Overlapping reproduction between generations may impose fitness costs to older and younger females who co-breed. However, it has yet to be demonstrated by using a measure of evolutionary fitness (i.e. grandchildren). Here, we tested the RCH by using multigenerational… CONTINUE READING