Sources of variation in fecal cortisol levels in howler monkeys in Belize.

@article{Behie2010SourcesOV,
  title={Sources of variation in fecal cortisol levels in howler monkeys in Belize.},
  author={Alison M Behie and Mary S. McDonald Pavelka and Colin A. Chapman},
  journal={American journal of primatology},
  year={2010},
  volume={72 7},
  pages={600-6}
}
High cortisol levels are known to cause low fecundity and increased mortality; thus, the prospect of using cortisol as a measure of population health is an exciting one. However, because so many factors can interact to influence cortisol release, it can be difficult to interpret what exactly is creating changes to cortisol levels. This study investigates variation in fecal cortisol levels in a population of black howlers (Alouatta pigra) from 350 fecal samples collected from 33 individuals in… CONTINUE READING

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