Life History Theory

Abstract

Life history is a general term for the sequence of fitness‐related events and processes occurring during the life of an individual, such as growth, survival and reproduction. Life history theory is a branch of ecology and evolutionary biology that aims to predict and explain the observed patterns in life histories of living organisms.

Keywords: life cycle; reproduction; survival; trade‐offs

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Yampolsky, Lev Y(Jul 2003) Life History Theory. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003219]