The influence of thermoregulatory selection presures on hominid evolution

  title={The influence of thermoregulatory selection presures on hominid evolution},
  author={P. E. Wheeler},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={366 - 366}
  • P. E. Wheeler
  • Published 1 June 1990
  • Biology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Nocturnal behavior by a diurnal ape, the West African chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), in a savanna environment at Fongoli, Senegal.

  • J. Pruetz
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    American journal of physical anthropology
  • 2018
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