An irresistible floral scent dabbed on the body may sound like a cliche from a perfume advert, but it appears to play a role in how male ring-tailed lemurs attract a mate.
Researchers in Japan say they have identified the odours males waft at females, and shown the latter’s attention is indeed captured by the pong.
They say these substances could be sex pheromones, chemical signals produced by all members of one sex within a species to affect the behaviour of the opposite sex, helping bag a partner.
If so, it would be the first time sex pheromones have been found in primates.
We have found sex pheromones in humans, humans are primates…..
Ah, here’s their get out:
“Although there [is circumstantial evidence] that humans utilise olfactory cues for communication, there is no authentic pheromone that has been chemically identified,” said Touhara.