Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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K-selected Species

Species (such as humans) produced by stable environments that live near the carrying capacity of the environment, grow up slowly, have few altricial offspring but invest more in each, and exhibit a relatively late development of the reproductive system, in terms of metabolic energy expended toward systems such as the brain and body. K-selected species gain advantage by increasing competitive ability.

Cf. r-selected species.

See K selection.

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