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Adam's Nose, and the Making of Humankind

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By: Michael Stoddart(Author)

Imperial College Press

Paperback | Apr 2015 | #222112 | ISBN-13: 9781783265183
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Hardback | Apr 2015 | #222111 | ISBN-13: 9781783265176
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Adam's Nose, and the Making of Humankind is about the evolution of the sense of smell, from its bacterial origin 3.4 billion years ago, to today's modern, sophisticated humans with an insatiable appetite for perfumes and fragrances. It explains how smell works and how animals sense the environment. The relationship between sex and smell drives much of animal behaviour, and the significance of the human loss of the vomeronasal organ – a part of the sense of smell in animals that responds to sex smells – is identified as a seminal event in the making of humankind.

Humans are far more than animals, however, and Adam's Nose explores incense and perfumes, as well as the odour imagery in art, literature and poetry. It is written for readers interested in what makes us human, and does not presuppose a high level of scientific understanding. The text is comprehensive and provides key references to the relevant scientific literature. Adam's Nose, and the Making of Humankind will appeal to scientists and students in a range of biological disciplines, including human evolution, anthropology, olfactory communication, animal behaviour, perfumery and aromatherapy.


- The Enigma of Smell
- An Evolutionary Perspective
- How Smell Works
- Catching a Whiff
- Making Sense of a Smell
- Sex, Smell and ‘ADAM’
- The Scent of Humankind
- Armpit Evolution
- Incense and Perfume
- Smell and High Culture
- Art and Literature
- Adam's Nose and the Making of Humankind

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