Testing hypotheses of aging in long-lived painted turtles (Chrysemys picta)

@article{Congdon2003TestingHO,
  title={Testing hypotheses of aging in long-lived painted turtles (Chrysemys picta)},
  author={J. Congdon and R. D. Nagle and O. M. Kinney and R. C. V. L. Sels and D. Tinkle},
  journal={Experimental Gerontology},
  year={2003},
  volume={38},
  pages={765-772}
}
For 38 of the past 50 years, Painted Turtles were studied on the University of Michigan's E.S. George Reserve in southeastern Michigan. We compared age specific body sizes, reproductive traits and survival of Painted Turtles ranging from 9 to 61 years of age to test contrasting predictions of the Relative Reproductive Rate and Senescence Hypotheses of aging. Indeterminate growth (i.e. continued body growth of adults) was important in increasing reproductive output of older turtles; however… Expand
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