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Author (up) Boice, R. openurl 
  Title Behavioral comparability of wild and domesticated rats Type Journal Article
  Year 1981 Publication Behavior Genetics Abbreviated Journal Behav Genet  
  Volume 11 Issue 5 Pages 545-553  
  Keywords Animals; *Behavior, Animal; Female; Genetics, Behavioral; Intelligence; Learning; Male; Rats/*genetics  
  Abstract The oft-repeated concern for the lack of behavioral comparability of domestic rats with wild forms of Rattus norvegicus is unfounded. Laboratory rats appear to show the potential for all wild-type behaviors, including the most dramatic social postures. Moreover, domestics are capable of assuming a feral existence without difficulty, one where they readily behave in a fashion indistinguishable from wild rats. The one behavioral difference that is clearly established concerns performance in laboratory learning paradigms. The superiority of domestics in these laboratory tasks speaks more to quieting the concerns of degeneracy theorists than to problems of using domestic Norway rats as subjects representative of their species.  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0001-8244 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:7325955 Approved no  
  Call Number Equine Behaviour @ team @ Serial 4144  
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