Background: Forty years ago, G.C. Williams predicted that reproductive effort should be inversely related to the average adult life span across species. Aim: Use allometric life-history theory to refine that prediction. Result: Reproductive effort should be inversely proportional to average adult life span, a −1 scaling rule.
Evolutionary Ecology Research
allometry, life history, optimization, trade-offs, WilliamsΓÇÖ hypothesis
Evolutionary Ecology Research 7:1221-1222