By Michael Stoddart

This booklet is set the evolution of the experience of odor, from its bacterial beginning 3.4 billion years in the past, to present day glossy, subtle people with an insatiable urge for food for perfumes and fragrances. It explains how odor works and the way animals experience 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 scent in animals that responds to intercourse smells — is pointed out as a seminal occasion within the making of humankind.

Humans are way over animals, notwithstanding, and Adam's nostril explores incense and perfumes, in addition to the odour imagery in artwork, literature and poetry. it truly is written for readers attracted to what makes us human, and doesn't presuppose a excessive point of clinical figuring out. The textual content is accomplished and gives key references to the appropriate medical literature. The publication will attract scientists and scholars in a number organic disciplines, together with human evolution, anthropology, olfactory communique, animal behaviour, perfumery and aromatherapy.

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