The evolution of prolonged life after reproduction.

  title={The evolution of prolonged life after reproduction.},
  author={Darren P Croft and Lauren J N Brent and Daniel W. Franks and Michael A Cant},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={30 7},
Why females of some species cease ovulation before the end of their natural lifespan is a longstanding evolutionary puzzle. For many species in captivity, post-reproductive life is simply an epiphenomenon of lengthened lifespan. Yet in natural populations of humans as well as some cetaceans and insects, reproductive senescence occurs much faster than somatic aging and females exhibit prolonged post-reproductive lifespans (PRLSs). Determining the mechanisms and functions that underpin PRLSs has… CONTINUE READING
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