Reproductive effort accelerates actuarial senescence in wild birds: an experimental study.

  title={Reproductive effort accelerates actuarial senescence in wild birds: an experimental study.},
  author={Jelle J Boonekamp and Martijn Salomons and Sandra Bouwhuis and Cor Dijkstra and Simon Verhulst},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={17 5},
Optimality theories of ageing predict that the balance between reproductive effort and somatic maintenance determines the rate of ageing. Laboratory studies find that increased reproductive effort shortens lifespan, but through increased short-term mortality rather than ageing. In contrast, high fecundity in early life is associated with accelerated senescence in free-living vertebrates, but these studies are non-experimental. We performed lifelong brood size manipulation in free-living… CONTINUE READING
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