Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Logistic Growth Curve

Growth in a population that follows a sigmoid, or S-shaped, growth curve in which growth is initially slow (the lag phase) followed by a period of rapid growth (an exponential growth phase) and then levels off (the stationary growth phase) when the population reaches the carrying capacity of the environment. The logistic growth curve assumes that there is a limit to the maximum size of a population.

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