Play-fighting in the Syrian golden hamster Mesocricetus auratus Waterhouse, and its relationship to serious fighting during postweaning development.

@article{Pellis1988PlayfightingIT,
  title={Play-fighting in the Syrian golden hamster Mesocricetus auratus Waterhouse, and its relationship to serious fighting during postweaning development.},
  author={Sergio M. Pellis and Valentina Pellis},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={1988},
  volume={21 4},
  pages={323-37}
}
In the Syrian golden hamster Mesocricetus auratus, play-fighting precedes serious fighting during postweaning development, and so may be thought to be a developmental precursor to adult aggression. However, based on both the targets attacked--that is, the cheek pouches during play-fighting and the rump or flanks during serious fighting, and the behavior… CONTINUE READING