Research report 2009 - Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Life, aging, and dying: A review across species

Schaible, Ralf; Rebke, Maren; Cassens, Insa; Scheuerlein, Alexander
The process of aging is more plastic than is commonly assumed and stipulated by classical theory on the evolution of aging. Deviations abound across the tree of life: There are species that do not age, and species that escape a steady increase in mortality. In some species, mortality even declines in certain phases of life. An analysis of these species’ life-history strategies may answer the question: How is it possible to live long?

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