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Female preference for male faces changes cyclically : Further evidence. / Penton-Voak, I S ; Perrett, D I .

In: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 21, No. 1, 01.2000, p. 39-48.

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Penton-Voak, IS & Perrett, DI 2000, 'Female preference for male faces changes cyclically: Further evidence' Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 39-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1090-5138(99)00033-1

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Penton-Voak, I. S., & Perrett, D. I. (2000). Female preference for male faces changes cyclically: Further evidence. Evolution and Human Behavior, 21(1), 39-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1090-5138(99)00033-1

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Penton-Voak IS, Perrett DI. Female preference for male faces changes cyclically: Further evidence. Evolution and Human Behavior. 2000 Jan;21(1):39-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1090-5138(99)00033-1

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Penton-Voak, I S ; Perrett, D I . / Female preference for male faces changes cyclically : Further evidence. In: Evolution and Human Behavior. 2000 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 39-48.

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