Age-pattern of death shapes population growth rate

A gravestone dated 1673 in Bochum, Germany (c) Markus Schweiss / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

 (c) Markus Schweiss / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

The age at which we die determines how fast our population grows. Recent work shows how to predict the growth rate of a population from the age-at-death distribution.

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Schindler S, Tuljapurkar S, Gaillard JM, & Coulson T (2012). Linking the population growth rate and the age-at-death distribution. Theoretical population biology, 82 (4), 244-52 PMID: 23103877

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