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Lucky Squirrels Born With 'Silver Spoon' Effect

April 4, 2008

squirrel A study of female red squirrels revealed that advantageous 'silver spoon' factors such as spring temperature in the first year of life, could reflect later on each squirrel's lifetime fitness. Full Story

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