How are instinctive behaviours genetically stored?

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Every animal that is born already knows some basic stuff instinctively. How? I often read that this is genetic. But how is that stored in genes?

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I’ve always seen genes DNA (as a layman) as sort of the blueprint for different parts of our body.

So as the body grows in the womb and throughout life, it refers to its DNA to know how to construct new parts.

My best guess would be that the DNA that controls the construction/repair/layout of our brain would be responsible.

So less that the “behavior” itself is stored, and more the blueprint for the neural pathways that are responsible for the behavior is stored.

So when someone exhibits a behavior randomly because of the structure of their brain due to natural mutation, if it makes them more likely to survive/make babies, they pass it on.

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