Regulation of male traits by testosterone: implications for the evolution of vertebrate life histories.

@article{Hau2007RegulationOM,
  title={Regulation of male traits by testosterone: implications for the evolution of vertebrate life histories.},
  author={Michaela Hau},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={29 2},
  pages={133-44}
}
  • Michaela Hau
  • Published 2007 in
    BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular…
The negative co-variation of life-history traits such as fecundity and lifespan across species suggests the existence of ubiquitous trade-offs. Mechanistically, trade-offs result from the need to differentially allocate limited resources to traits like reproduction versus self-maintenance, with selection favoring the evolution of optimal allocation mechanism. Here I discuss the physiological (endocrine) mechanisms that underlie optimal allocation rules and how such rules evolve. The hormone… CONTINUE READING
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