Behavior of SCN-lesioned chipmunks in natural habitat: a pilot study.

  title={Behavior of SCN-lesioned chipmunks in natural habitat: a pilot study.},
  author={P J Decoursey and J R Krulas},
  journal={Journal of biological rhythms},
  volume={13 3},
The necessity of a circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN), for survival was evaluated in a population of approximately 65 wild eastern chipmunks, Tamias striatus. The research involved over 3000 h of field-work between May 1995 and October 1997 on a study site at Mountain Lake Biological Station, Virginia. The 28 chipmunks randomly designated as project animals included 10 SCN-lesioned chipmunks, 5 surgical controls (sham-lesioned), and 13 intact controls. Visual observation… CONTINUE READING

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