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The Scented Ape

The Scented Ape
The Biology and Culture of Human Odour

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  • Date Published: November 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521395618

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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.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521395618
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    David Michael Stoddart, University of Tasmania

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