Intergenerational transfer of ageing: Parental age and offspring lifespan

Monaghan, Pat, Maklakov, Alexei A. ORCID: and Metcalfe, Neil B. (2020) Intergenerational transfer of ageing: Parental age and offspring lifespan. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 35 (10). pp. 927-937. ISSN 0169-5347

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The extent to which the age of parents at reproduction can affect offspring lifespan and other fitness-related traits is important in our understanding of the selective forces shaping life history evolution. In this article, the widely reported negative effects of parental age on offspring lifespan (the ‘Lansing effect’) is examined. Outlined herein are the potential routes whereby a Lansing effect can occur, whether effects might accumulate across multiple generations, and how the Lansing effect should be viewed as part of a broader framework, considering how parental age affects offspring fitness. The robustness of the evidence for a Lansing effect produced so far, potential confounding variables, and how the underlying mechanisms might best be unravelled through carefully designed experimental studies are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing,gamete,lansing effect,life history,parental care,senescence,ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1105
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Norwich Institute for Healthy Aging
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2020 00:25
Last Modified: 13 May 2023 17:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.07.005


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