Diverse aging rates in ectothermic tetrapods provide insights for the evolution of aging and longevity

Beth Reinke, Anne Bronikowski & David Miller
Comparative studies of mortality in the wild are necessary to understand the evolution of aging, yet ectothermic tetrapods are under-represented in this comparative landscape despite their suitability for testing evolutionary hypotheses. We present a study of aging rates and longevity across wild tetrapod ectotherms, utilizing data from 107 populations (77 species) of non-avian reptiles and amphibians. We test hypotheses of how thermoregulatory mode, temperature, protective phenotypes, and pace of life history contribute to demographic aging....
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