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'Mean girl' meerkats can make twice as much testosterone as males
October 20, 2016
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Testosterone. It's often lauded as the hormone that makes males bigger, bolder and stronger. Now, researchers have identified one group of animals, the meerkats of Africa, in which females can produce even more testosterone than males--the only animals known to have such a pattern. Female meerkats with high levels of testosterone-related hormones are more likely to be leaders, but they also pay a price for being macho, according to two new studies.Full Story
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