Kin Detection by Odor

Aitken, Sue (2017) Kin Detection by Odor. In: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham. ISBN 9783319169996

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Kin detection by odor refers to situations in which an organism recognizes a conspecific using organism specific odor cues. Once recognized, behaviors towards that conspecific may be triggered or inhibited resulting in an increase in overall fitness. For example, humans seem able to identify the odors resulting from differences in the major histocompatibility complex (usually unconsciously), thus avoiding in breeding with close genetic relatives and increasing hybrid vigor because of the increased variability in offspring MHCs.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Sue AITKEN
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2019 13:14
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2019 13:14

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