chapter  IV
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PROPERTY AMONG RODENTS, CARNIVORES AND APES

In the two preceding chapters I have considered the facts of property and acquisition in relation to the behaviour of insects and of birds. In this present chapter I wish to carry the investigation a step further by discussing briefly these same facts in relation to the life of some of the common mammals, notably the rodents, the carnivores and the apes. I wish to determine, that is, the nature and extent of accumu­ lation, whether of food or of other objects, among representa­ tive species of these animal orders, and at the same time discover whether these animals exercise exclusive possession or control over objects in the environment.