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IS SMELLY SEXY?

According to Charles Darwin, the smelliest males are the most successful. Does this apply to humans? Find out at this month's Science Exchange meeting with Tristram Wyatt, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and author of Pheromones and Animal Behaviour .

Amanda Holland, of Science Exchange Wallingford, writes:

'Charles Darwin was fascinated by chemical signals between animals, known as pheromones. He described how male crocodiles and goats get smelly in the breeding season and suggested that elaborate odour glands in male mammals evolved because the smelliest males were the most successful at winning the females.

'Not just goats and crocodiles but moths, goldfish, snakes and fruit flies all react to pheromones. So, what about humans? Is smelly sexy? Do we have pheromones? Come and sniff out the story with Dr Tristram Wyatt, as he describes how animal behaviour is changed by these invisible molecules.'

The meeting is at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 15th October at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford. The support of local company Triaster, the Corn Exchange and the generosity of speakers means that each event is free to attend. Science Exchange Wallingford is part of the national network of Cafe Scientfique. Find out more at http://www.cafescientifique.org/

Please arrive early to be sure of a seat as places are limited. It also gives you the chance to support the Corn Exchange by buying refreshments.


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