Life-History Theory and Menopause

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Life-History Theory and Menopause
Menopause is a phenomenon that appears to be contrary to the reproductive mandate of all organisms. From a purely evolutionary perspective, there appears to be little reason for members of a species to outlive their reproductive capabilities as a rule, as humans do. Nearly fifty percent of the average human female’s lifespan occurs after her reproductive capabilities have ceased. It is sometimes suggested that this phenomenon appears to be unique to human beings, or at least limited to primates similar to human beings. However, other species may also experience menopause to a greater or lesser extent; menopause in such species appears to have some connection to raising offspring. Such findings would appear...
The end:
.....ent of menopause.
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