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Adam's Nose, and the Making of Humankind by Michael Stoddart

By Michael Stoddart

This ebook is set the evolution of the experience of odor, from its bacterial foundation 3.4 billion years in the past, to cutting-edge glossy, refined people with an insatiable urge for food for perfumes and fragrances. It explains how odor works and the way animals feel the surroundings. the connection among intercourse and odor drives a lot of animal behaviour, and the importance of the human lack of the vomeronasal organ — part of the experience of odor in animals that responds to intercourse smells — is pointed out as a seminal occasion within the making of humankind.

Humans are excess of animals, in spite of the fact that, and Adam's nostril explores incense and perfumes, in addition to the odour imagery in paintings, literature and poetry. it really is written for readers drawn to what makes us human, and doesn't presuppose a excessive point of medical realizing. The textual content is complete and offers key references to the proper clinical literature. The booklet will entice scientists and scholars in various organic disciplines, together with human evolution, anthropology, olfactory communique, animal behaviour, perfumery and aromatherapy.

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