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Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques

Ines Fürtbauer, Michael Heistermann, Oliver Schülke, Julia Ostner, Ines Fuertbauer Orcid Logo

Psychoneuroendocrinology, Volume: 48, Pages: 19 - 28

Swansea University Author: Ines Fuertbauer Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2014.05.022

Published in: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Published: 2014
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title Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques
spellingShingle Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques
Ines, Fuertbauer
title_short Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques
title_full Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques
title_fullStr Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques
title_full_unstemmed Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques
title_sort Low female stress hormone levels are predicted by same- or opposite-sex sociality depending on season in wild Assamese macaques
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