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The Scented Ape : The Biology and Culture of Human Odour - David Michael Stoddart

The Scented Ape

The Biology and Culture of Human Odour

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Published: 28th January 1991
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This book examines the sense of smell in humans, comparing it with the known functions of the same sense in other animals. Odorous cues play a role in sexual physiology and behavior in animals and there are claims that odor can play the same role in humans. The place of odors and scents in aesthetics and in psychoanalysis serves to illustrate the link between the emotional centers and the brain. The book presents arguments to explain the way in which our ancestral past has given rise to our modern day olfactory enigmas. Containing a glossary and chapter summaries the book will be accessible to a wide audience.

Preface
Acknowledgements
The Human Nose - A Zoological Conundrum?
Chemoreception and the Origin of Sexual Reproduction
Chemical communication and the hypophysis
Neural connections between nose and brain
The Scented Ape
The sebaceous glands
The apocrine glands
Axillary odours
Saliva and urine
Circumanal organ
Hair Meibomian, ceruminous and vestibulum masi glands
Human body odours
The Naso-Genital Relationship
Vaginal secretions
The ovarian cycle
The human menstrual cycle
Olfaction in sexual development
Scent and the Psyche
Evidence from philosophy, psychoanalysis, aesthetics and folklore
Evidence from experimental studies
Perfume
Ancient perfumes and their uses
Modern perfumes and their uses
Why do humans wear perfumes?
Incense
Ancient uses of incense
Ingredients of incense
The odours of incense
Support from animal studies
The Noselessness of Man
Ecology of parental investment
Bipedalism, hunting and human evolution Gregariousness, oestrus advertisement and the pair bond
Human concealed ovulation and olfactory desensitisation
Epigamic selection and male external genitalia
Axillary scent organs as secondary sexual characters
Conclusion
The Human Nose and the Monkey's Tail
Glossary of technical terms
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521395618
ISBN-10: 0521395615
Series: Studies on Individual Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 28th January 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.24  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.48