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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

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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