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The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour: Maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats

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The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour : Maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats. / Dantzer, Ben ; Dubuc, Constance; Braga Goncalves, Ines; Cram, Dominic; Nigel, Bennett; Ganswindt, Andre; Heistermann, Michael; Chris, Duncan; Gaynor, David; Clutton-Brock, Tim H.

In: Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 374, No. 1770, 20180117, 15.04.2019, p. 20180117.

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Dantzer, B, Dubuc, C, Braga Goncalves, I, Cram, D, Nigel, B, Ganswindt, A, Heistermann, M, Chris, D, Gaynor, D & Clutton-Brock, TH 2019, 'The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour: Maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats', Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, vol. 374, no. 1770, 20180117, pp. 20180117. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2018.0117

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Dantzer, B., Dubuc, C., Braga Goncalves, I., Cram, D., Nigel, B., Ganswindt, A., ... Clutton-Brock, T. H. (2019). The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour: Maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 374(1770), 20180117. [20180117]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2018.0117

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Dantzer B, Dubuc C, Braga Goncalves I, Cram D, Nigel B, Ganswindt A et al. The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour: Maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences. 2019 Apr 15;374(1770):20180117. 20180117. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2018.0117

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Dantzer, Ben ; Dubuc, Constance ; Braga Goncalves, Ines ; Cram, Dominic ; Nigel, Bennett ; Ganswindt, Andre ; Heistermann, Michael ; Chris, Duncan ; Gaynor, David ; Clutton-Brock, Tim H. / The development of individual differences in cooperative behaviour : Maternal glucocorticoid hormones alter helping behaviour of offspring in wild meerkats. In: Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences. 2019 ; Vol. 374, No. 1770. pp. 20180117.

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