Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Marking

1. leaving a cue in the environment that indicates the presence of the marker. Marking may signify ownership of an object or a larger entity, such as a territory, that the object is in. Marking among primates is generally by scent.

See scent marking, scent gland.

2. marking (of subjects): placing some identifier on an animal so that an observer can make a reliable recognition of the subject in the field. Markers for primates differ from those used for other mammals (such as ear tags) because of the primate ability to remove them; they include collars, hair dye, patterns cut into the fur, and radio transmitters.

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