All humans are a group with common ancestry but some humans distinct themselves into sub-groups by "distinctive ancestry" and tend to ask other humans "where are you originally from" as to get a satisfying answer about the other side's "distinctive ancestry".
Asking for a precise meaning of this vague question might bring different "exact" versions such as "where were you born?" (some people were born in a ship or an airplane) or "What is your country"? (some people don't affiliate themselves with any country / "stateless") but in the end it generally boils down to "distinctive ancestry".

Is this tendency of many humans to classify other humans into these groups of two or more families with a "distinctive ancestry" (but not by the general group of humanity and not by nuclear family) exist in animals (of course, not by asking "where are you originally from" but with much more simple or "primitive" ways of communication)?

Do cows/lizards/sheep/squirrels/cats, etc. have a similar classification mechanism?

  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean as wolves do? $\endgroup$
    – CoDa
    Commented Oct 13, 2021 at 5:41
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE. As written essentially any animal with even the most rudimentary social structure (e.g. anything that forms pair bonds for a breeding season) would fit your criteria. Questions on this site are expected to be focused, clear, and demonstrate evidence of prior research (see tour, How to Ask, and other help center for details). In addition, questions that would seem trivial to biology professionals (such as this) are considered "homework" — please read the rules for such questions and edit or delete your question accordingly. $\endgroup$
    – tyersome
    Commented Oct 13, 2021 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ Question broadly edited. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ Any of the ungulates, felidae, canids, most schooling fish and social insects still fit the description as I read it. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 1:40
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    $\begingroup$ Your problem is questions like "were were you born?" require adaptations and concepts that to do not appear outside humans in extant animals. The very idea of a question is a human thing. you may however be interested in the tribal behavior of chimpanzees. scholar.harvard.edu/files/glowacki/files/… $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Oct 16, 2021 at 15:11


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