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Ritualization

  • Definition: In ethology, the evolutionary modification, usually intensification, of a behavior pattern to serve communication. Includes symbolic ritualized threat displays that carry mutually understood meanings to establish a dominance hierarchy within a population.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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