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28) The bow is a sign of submission that indicates to the animal receiving it that he or she is dominant. Most primate groups have a dominance hierarchy. Lower ranking animals can avoid fights with higher ranking animals by performing a formal sign of submission, such as a bow, when tensions are high. Completion of the chimpanzee bow.

Notes: Completion of the chimpanzee bow.
Make sure your students understand the concept of dominance hierarchy.
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