Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality

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Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality. / Boomsma, Jacobus J.

I: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, Bind 364, Nr. 1533, 2009, s. 3191-207.

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Boomsma, JJ 2009, 'Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, bind 364, nr. 1533, s. 3191-207. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2009.0101

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Boomsma, J. J. (2009). Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, 364(1533), 3191-207. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2009.0101

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Boomsma JJ. Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 2009;364(1533):3191-207. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2009.0101

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Boomsma, Jacobus J. / Lifetime monogamy and the evolution of eusociality. I: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 2009 ; Bind 364, Nr. 1533. s. 3191-207.

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