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When It Comes to Survival of the Fittest, Stress Is a Good Thing
April 18, 2013
In a study led by Michigan State University and the University of Guelph, researchers showed for the first time, how females' use social cues to correctly prepare their offspring for life outside the nest. The results, published in the current issue of Science, confirm that red squirrel mothers boosted stress hormone production during pregnancy, which increased the size and the chances of survival of their pups.
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