An evolutionary life-history framework for understanding sex differences in human mortality rates

Daniel J. Kruger, Randolph Nesse

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Abstract

Sex differences in mortality rates stem from genetic, physiological, behavioral, and social causes that are best understood when integrated in an evolutionary life history framework. This paper investigates the Male-to-Female Mortality Ratio (M:F MR) from external and internal causes and across contexts to illustrate how sex differences shaped by sexual selection interact with the environment to yield a pattern with some consistency, but also with expected variations due to socioeconomic and other factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-97
Number of pages24
JournalHuman Nature
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Life history
  • Mortality
  • Sex differences
  • Sexual selection

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  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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An evolutionary life-history framework for understanding sex differences in human mortality rates. / Kruger, Daniel J.; Nesse, Randolph.

In: Human Nature, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2006, p. 74-97.

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