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The natural history of a lost sense

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas Levenson. en_US Steiner, Siri Lefren en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US 2007-11-15T18:08:40Z 2007-11-15T18:08:40Z 2005 en_US 2005 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2005. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 26-27). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an investigation of the vomeronasal organ, which senses pheromones. It traces the use of the organ in land-dwelling vertebrates, and suggests evidence that the organ is vestigial in humans and Old World monkeys. Possible explanations for the loss of the vomeronasal organ in these groups are described and evaluated. Notably, the development of tri-color vision may have replaced pheromones for sexual selection in these lineages. This may explain the human proclivity for visual information over pheromonal cues. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Siri Lefren Steiner. en_US
dc.format.extent 27 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title The natural history of a lost sense en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 70786591 en_US

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