Evidence for height and immune function trade-offs among preadolescents in a high pathogen population

Jonathan Stieglitz, Angela Garcia, Aaron D. Blackwell, Hillard Kaplan, Benjamin C. Trumble, and Michael Gurven


Background: In an energy-limited environment, caloric investments in one characteristic should trade-off with investments in other characteristics. In high pathogen ecologies, biasing energy allocation towards immune function over growth would be predicted, given strong selective pressures against early-life mortality.

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Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, vol. 2020, n. 1, 2020, pp. 86–99