A physiological basis for island tameness

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VITOUSEK, Maren N., Elisa TARLOW, Martin WIKELSKI, 2009. A physiological basis for island tameness. In: Integrative and Comparative Biology. 49(Suppl. 1), pp. e1-e190. ISSN 1540-7063. eISSN 1557-7023

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