Myths and mad March hares

@article{Flux1987MythsAM,
  title={Myths and mad March hares},
  author={John E. C. Flux},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1987},
  volume={325},
  pages={737-737}
}
  • J. Flux
  • Published 1 February 1987
  • Biology
  • Nature

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It is shown that ‘madness’ is no more a feature of March than of the other months of their long breeding season, and that boxing does not represent intrasexual competition but an interaction between the sexes whereby a female attempts to prevent a male from mating.

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