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Humans have a pretty straightforward view of aging: They’re born, they mature, they gradually become weaker and lose fertility, and eventually, they die.
But in nature, aging is far more diverse, new research finds. In fact, some animals are actually less likely to die the older they get — at least up to a point.
“Evolution has come up with a huge diversity of different ways of arranging one’s demographic schedule,” said study researcher Owen Jones, a biologist at the University of Southern Denmark.
The findings are intriguing, Jones told LiveScience, because classical evolutionary theory explains only one of these ways of aging.
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