Selection on male longevity in a monogamous human population: late-life survival brings no additional grandchildren.

@article{Lahdenper2011SelectionOM,
  title={Selection on male longevity in a monogamous human population: late-life survival brings no additional grandchildren.},
  author={Mirkka Lahdenper{\"a} and Virpi Lummaa and A F Russell},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={24 5},
  pages={1053-63}
}
Humans are exceptionally long-lived for mammals of their size. In men, lifespan is hypothesized to evolve from benefits of reproduction throughout adult life. We use multi-generational data from pre-industrial Finland, where remarriage was possible only after spousal death, to test selection pressures on male longevity in four monogamous populations. Men showed several behaviours consistent with attempting to accrue direct fitness throughout adult life and sired more children in their lifetimes… CONTINUE READING
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