Primates and the Evolution of Long, Slow Life Histories

  title={Primates and the Evolution of Long, Slow Life Histories},
  author={James H. Jones},
  journal={Current Biology},
Primates are characterized by relatively late ages at first reproduction, long lives and low fertility. Together, these traits define a life-history of reduced reproductive effort. Understanding the optimal allocation of reproductive effort, and specifically reduced reproductive effort, has been one of the key problems motivating the development of life-history theory. Because of their unusual constellation of life-history traits, primates play an important role in the continued development of… CONTINUE READING
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