Perfumery pp 3-17 | Cite as

Human odour culture: a zoological perspective

  • D. M. Stoddart


It has become fashionable in recent years to argue that the dichotomy between man and the animals is unreal, that man and the animals are both products of unifying processes of nature and all aspects of their biology are interpretable according to a small number of common theories. This is all to the good, but it should not blind us to such differences as do exist. Principal among these is that socially relevant instructions in animals are passed from generation to generation at the genetic level, while among humans social action is governed by culturally transmitted ideas and notions of how things ought to be done. Animal culture is not a strict parallel of human culture, though it shares the same social environment.


Olfactory System Abietic Acid Body Odour Nerve Ganglion Olfactory Sense 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Chapman and Hall 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. Stoddart

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations