Sociobiology and human nature

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StatementMichael S. Gregory, Anita Silvers and Diane Sutch, editors.
ContributionsGregory, Michael S., Silvers, Anita., Sutch, Diane., Sociobiology: implications for human studies (Conference) (1977 : San Francisco State University)
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