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The first part of the question is interesting. Does an increased reproduction/mortality rate provide an evolutionary advantage? The concept of evolutionary advantage for a species needs to be used with much cautious as different definition of evolutionary advantage may exist. You should typically have a look at game theory beforehand to understand the ...


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1) Reproduction is metabolically costly, so a high reproduction rate, such as that seen in fishes that lay thousands of eggs at a pop, is generally a strategy to compensate for a high mortality rate. On the other hand, bacteria, that can in some cases double every 20 minutes, have the advantage of rapidly evolving resistance to antimicrobial agents. 2) ...



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