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Female Squirrels May Do More With Less Time Than Their Male Counterparts

A new study comparing the activity levels of male and female arctic ground squirrels makes it hard to resist drawing comparisons with the often uneven workloads human men and women face. But the lead researcher says maybe squirrels aren’t actually the best metaphor for gender inequality in people. In the study, which was a collaboration between Northern Arizona University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, researchers put movement-tracking collars and light loggers (to detect whether they were above or below ground) on around 50 squirrels in Alaska, monitoring them from early May until late July.
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