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Life History Theory

  1. Lev Y Yampolsky

Published Online: 22 JUL 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003219



How to Cite

Yampolsky, L. Y. 2003. Life History Theory. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Department of Biological Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JUL 2003


Life history is a general term for the sequence of fitness-related events and processes occurring during the life of an individual, such as growth, survival and reproduction. Life history theory is a branch of ecology and evolutionary biology that aims to predict and explain the observed patterns in life histories of living organisms.


  • life cycle;
  • reproduction;
  • survival;
  • trade-offs