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What Animals Are Really Doing When They Smell Each Other

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Categories: Biology   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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Have you ever been attracted to someone's smell? Well you're not alone. Many animals use pheromones to sniff out mates.

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"Most pheromones are detected by the sense of smell. However, not all smells are pheromones. Mammals, including humans, also give off a cloud of molecules that represent our unique individual "smell" or chemical profile."

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Scent of attraction: How animals sniff the perfect mate
"Male brown lemmings (Lemmus sibiricus) much prefer the odour of virgin females to that of females that have just copulated. It seems that the males use scent as an indicator, and that virgin females smell very different from those that have had multiple partners because they produce very different chemicals."

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