Population cycles in microtines: The senescence hypothesis

Abstract

The cause of population cycles in microtines (voles and lemmings) remains an enigma. I propose a new solution to this problem based on a crucial feature of microtine biology, shifts in age structure, that has been ignored until now. Empirical evidence indicates that age structure must shift markedly towards older animals during declines because of three… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF01238250

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