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Kay E. Holekamp Lab

Department of Zoology,
Michigan State University 

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Hyena Research: Reproductive Success.

With Dr K.T. Scribner, we are using microsatellite markers to test hypotheses about patterns of reproductive success and kinship among and within hyena populations. In his PhD research, Mr R.C. Van Horn is integrating genetic, demographic, and behavioral data from Talek hyenas, and he is genotyping hyenas sampled from 7 other clans within the MMNR. By knowning the kinship of individuals, we may study kin recognition in hyenas.

A sample genealogy for one of the major matrilines
in the Talek clan, developed by Russ Van Horn.
This is a matriline only. No offspring of males are
indicated in this diagram as
all males disperse
and hence do not father individuals in the Talek
clan.