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The multiple choice questions have five answer choices — one (and only one) is correct in each case.

In animals, ritualized contests with little risk of serious injury or death to participants within the species lead to

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a stable dominance hierarchy

Correct Answer: 
Yes

biological altruism

Correct Answer: 
No

adaptive radiation

Correct Answer: 
No

instinctive behavior

Correct Answer: 
No

a broader habitat

Correct Answer: 
No

The correct answer is a stable dominance hierarchy, (A). Ritualized combat, such as that found in many wild animal populations, leads to a stable hierarchy; generally one individual is acknowledged to be dominant, and true combat is avoided. This benefits both the winner and the loser, as neither faces death or serious injury in a mock battle.

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