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

By Michael Stoddart

This e-book is ready the evolution of the feel of odor, from its bacterial foundation 3.4 billion years in the past, to modern sleek, subtle people with an insatiable urge for food for perfumes and fragrances. It explains how scent works and the way animals experience the surroundings. the connection among intercourse and scent 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 excess of animals, besides the fact that, and Adam's nostril explores incense and perfumes, in addition to the odour imagery in artwork, literature and poetry. it's written for readers drawn to what makes us human, and doesn't presuppose a excessive point of medical knowing. The textual content is finished and gives key references to the appropriate medical literature. The e-book will entice scientists and scholars in more than a few organic disciplines, together with human evolution, anthropology, olfactory communique, animal behaviour, perfumery and aromatherapy.

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