Life Stages in Birds and Aging Theories
Author: Prinzinger, Roland
Source: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Volume 18, Number 1, March 1993 , pp. 35-44(10)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The durations of the life stages in birds (embryogeny, ontogeny, maturity) can be measured using physical or physiological timescales. These two methods are compared. Embryogeny has a duration of 10–90 days or 2±0·8 kJ g–1, ontogeny lasts 20–300 days or 20–40 kJ g–1 and adult stages fall within the range 8–120 years or 2400–4300 kJ g–1. It follows that, considered in physiological time units, all birds show more or less the same duration for each life stage. This supports an aging theory, Rubner's law, postulated in 1908, which states that a genetically programmed lifespan can be described in terms of an absolute metabolic scope. Within a taxon all organisms appear to have identical physiological lifespans. Various other theories of aging are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Zoological Institute, Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Publication date: 1993-03-01