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Generation time measures the trade-off between survival and reproduction in a life cycle

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Giaimo,  Stefano
Department Evolutionary Theory, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Traulsen,  Arne
Department Evolutionary Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;
Department Evolutionary Theory, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Giaimo, S., & Traulsen, A. (2019). Generation time measures the trade-off between survival and reproduction in a life cycle. The American Naturalist, 194(2), 000-000. doi:10.1086/704155.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-46C7-D
Abstract
AbstractSurvival and fertility are the two most basic components of fitness, and they drive the evolution of a life cycle. A trade-off between them is usually present: when survival increases, fertility decreases?and vice versa. Here we show that at an evolutionary optimum, the generation time is a measure of the strength of the trade-off between overall survival and overall fertility in a life cycle. Our result both helps to explain the known fact that the generation time describes the speed of living in the slow-fast continuum of life cycles and may have implications for the extrapolation from model organisms of longevity to humans.