Hierachical organization and postural facilitation: Rules for grooming in flies

@article{Richard1976HierachicalOA,
  title={Hierachical organization and postural facilitation: Rules for grooming in flies},
  author={Richard and Marian Stamp Dawkins},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1976},
  volume={24},
  pages={739-755}
}
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