Dominance rank and mating success in male primates

@article{Cowlishaw1991DominanceRA,
  title={Dominance rank and mating success in male primates},
  author={Guy Cowlishaw and Robin I. M. Dunbar},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1991},
  volume={41},
  pages={1045-1056}
}
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