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Pheromones and Animal Behaviour: Communication by Smell and Taste Paperback – 8 Sep 2010

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (8 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521485266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521485265
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Pheromones are by far the most important signals used by organisms of all kinds. Wyatt's book is an excellent text and review: up-to-date, comprehensive, balanced, detailed, clearly written, and nicely illustrated.' Edward O. Wilson

'A highly recommended source of inspiration and information for all interested in behaviour and ecology.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

'It would be hard to overstate the importance of this book for its contribution to the understanding of animal behaviour.' Human Nature Review

'… an accessible and intelligent general work on pheromones, this book is invaluable. it is also rare and welcome in its capacity for easy and readable explanation of both the proximate and the ultimate roles of pheromones in animal behavior.' International Journal of Primatology

'… an accessible textbook that offers advanced undergraduate and graduate students a data-based, integrative, and broadly comparative synthesis of this field.' Ethology

'… a well-balanced account … It will appeal to both undergraduates and researchers or anybody interested in broadening their understanding of this fascinating field of research. I am sure it will become the standard text for many years to come.' Biologist

'… a most enjoyable and informative textbook …'. Nature Neuroscience

'Wyatt's text allows students in an advanced class on pheromones to build a strong foundation of knowledge, and its readable and engaging style will launch many productive arguments along the way.' Ethology

'We are entering one of the most exciting periods in the study of chemical communication since the first pheromones were identified some 40 years ago. This rapid progress is reflected in this book, the first to cover the whole animal kingdom at this level for 25 years … It is designed to be advanced and up-to-date, but at the same time accessible to readers whatever their scientific background. For students of ecology, evolution and behaviour, this book gives an introduction to the rapid progress in our understanding of olfaction at the molecular and neurological level. In addition, it offers chemists, molecular and neurobiologists an insight into the ecological, evolutionary and behavioural context of olfactory communication.' Ethology Ecology & Evolution

'… a well-researched and interesting treatise on chemical communication.' American Entomologist

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How do animals, including humans, communicate with each other by scent? Chemical scents and smells are used by a huge variety of animals to find mates, warn off enemies, and as alarm signals, amongst other things. Students will find this a readable and enjoyable introduction to this fascinating field.

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I am not a student or an academic so I have no other reason for reading this book other than a fascination with the subject. The book is well written and easy to follow. Unlike some of the comments about the information boxes I found them useful. If you have got as far as this review then you are more than a casual reader and so I would recommend this book without reservation.
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Very happy customer! The book was noted to be damaged so grateful in there honesty however I think its perfect with hardly any damage! Very Pleased!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, helpful, up-to-date introduction 20 Nov. 2009
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Tristram Wyatt's introductory text on pheromones and animal behavior is clearly written, most terms are defined with pointers to their origins, and terms are consistently used. His presentation is comprehensive in that its follows a list of sexual, alarm, aggregation, recruitment, scent, primer, and orientation pheromones, devoting a chapter to each. He includes summary tables, helpful illustrations, examples from many species, and discussions of the literature to date. He explains the chemistry of chemical signals, the anatomy of production and uptake, and observed biological consequences for reproduction and social organization. Following its list of pheromones, his book closes with a chapter on the preliminary use of pheromones and a chapter on the inconclusive data as to the possibility that humans may use sexual pheromones. Darwinian biology underlies references to theory, but Darwinian evolutionary theory itself is not formally explicated. He reports the familiar just-so stories that Darwinians speculate with, but mostly just reviews the various Darwinian hypotheses on the relation of reproduction to speciation and hedges when data do not support the theory and when the theory does not explain the data. Anyone who wants an overview and update on the technical literature will greatly benefit from this nicely written, professional book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have if you research on pheromones 14 Oct. 2011
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I am a 3rd year postdoc in the field of neurosciences. I am interested in olfaction, innate behaviors and neural circuits. Recently I ordered this book and I am very happy with it. It is a must have if you are interested in how olfactory cues can affect behavior and/or physiology. Very very helpful! 5 starts IMHO
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 6 Jan. 2013
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This is a great book. I would recommend it to any students college-level or above who are interested in learning more about pheromones.
4.0 out of 5 stars 2014 - there is new, 2nd edition available 21 May 2014
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A new edition of this book, extensively updated, is now available from Amazon. Click on author name to see the link.
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