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The scented ape : the biology and culture of houman odour

Author: Michael D Stoddart
Publisher: Cambridge etc. : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Reprinted with correctionsView all editions and formats
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An examination of the sense of smell in humans, relating the present day role of the sense to our evolutionary past. Chapter summaries and a glossary of technical terms makes the book accessible to  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Stoddart
ISBN: 0521395615 9780521395618 0521375118 9780521375115
OCLC Number: 441686135
Description: IX, 286 str. : ilustr. ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Human Nose - A Zoological Conundrum?: Part II. Chemoreception and the Origin of Sexual Reproduction: 1. Chemical communication and the hypophysis; 2. Neural connections between nose and brain; Part III. The Scented Ape: 3. The sebaceous glands; 4. The apocrine glands; 5. Axillary odours; 6. Saliva and urine; 7. Circumanal organ; 8. Hair Meibomian, ceruminous and vestibulum masi glands; 9. Human body odours; Part IV. The Naso-Genital Relationship: 10. Vaginal secretions; 11. The ovarian cycle; 12. The human menstrual cycle; 13. Olfaction in sexual development; Part V. Scent and the Psyche: 14. Evidence from philosophy, psychoanalysis, aesthetics and folklore; 15. Evidence from experimental studies; Part VI. Perfume: 16. Ancient perfumes and their uses; 17. Modern perfumes and their uses; 18. Why do humans wear perfumes?; Part VII. Incense: 19. Ancient uses of incense; 20. Ingredients of incense; 21. The odours of incense; 22. Support from animal studies; Part VIII. The Noselessness of Man: 23. Ecology of parental investment; 24. Bipedalism, hunting and human evolution Gregariousness, oestrus advertisement and the pair bond; 25. Human concealed ovulation and olfactory desensitisation; 26. Epigamic selection and male external genitalia; 27. Axillary scent organs as secondary sexual characters; 28. Conclusion; Part IX. The Human Nose and the Monkey's Tail; Glossary of technical terms; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Michael Stoddart.

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