Temporal aspects in the development of Belding's ground squirrels’ litter-mate preferences

@article{Holmes1997TemporalAI,
  title={Temporal aspects in the development of Belding's ground squirrels’ litter-mate preferences},
  author={Warren G. Holmes},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1997},
  volume={53},
  pages={1323-1336}
}
Four experiments were conducted to determine how experience around the time of natal emergence affected the development of litter-mate preferences in juvenile Belding's ground squirrels, Spermophilus beldingiSocial preferences were ascertained by observing six captive groups, each housed in outdoor enclosures beginning at natal emergence, and recording the frequency of dyadic play. Juveniles preferred their litter-mates as play partners on day 1 above-ground, demonstrating that pre-emergent… 

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