Intergenerational transfer of ageing: parental age and offspring lifespan

Monaghan, P. , Maklakov, A. A. and Metcalfe, N. B. (2020) Intergenerational transfer of ageing: parental age and offspring lifespan. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 35(10), pp. 927-937. (doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.07.005) (PMID:32741650)

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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:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Metcalfe, Professor Neil and Monaghan, Professor Pat
Authors: Monaghan, P., Maklakov, A. A., and Metcalfe, N. B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1872-8383
Published Online:30 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35(10): 927-937
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
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305090MITOWILDNeil MetcalfeEuropean Commission (EC)834653Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine