In their classic textbook entitled Behavior Genetics, Fuller and Thompson (1960) summarized most of the behavioral information concerning the relationship of genetics and behavior available at that time. Age as a factor affecting behavior was not considered in animal studies of behavior genetics, and in general has not been seriously examined in animal behavioral research. There have been exceptions, including the early age-related research studies of rats by Slonaker (1912), Richter (1922), and Stone (1929). These studies, however, were not continued or followed by additional research by the original investigators or by their students or colleagues. That they were not may be due to factors such as the great length of time needed, the amount of support required, the complications of disease or accidental deaths in the animal colony, and the experimental error that can plague long-term research.
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