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Abstract

As part of a long range investigation on comparative behavior studies in free-ranging wild ungulates, this summer's research topic concerned the role of the aging and aged animal in the social structure of its species. The aging study is planned for a four year span under grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. According to our plan, the initial year, 1959, is being used largely for pilot experiments and groundwork. In this project we aim to extend and correlate our previous research on the group dynamics of subprimate mammalian societies. It is planned to investigate in detail the changes in social structure and their relations to age, sex status, season, habitat and particular stress situation. Project Number 77.

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