Pheromones are a naturally occurring chemical compound found in all insects, animals, and humans. When pheromones are secreted they dictate sexual behavior and attract the opposite sex. Pheromone is Greek from the word Pheran-to transfer and Horman– to excite. Pheromones are found throughout the living world and are the most ancient form of animal communication. Pheromones are natural scents, which play an important role in sexual communication. Animals and humans release masses of biological chemicals in tears, saliva and perspiration. These aromas convey signals relating to mood, status, drive and health to the subconscious awareness of the opposite sex. This philosophy holds well in the animal world, pheromones are consciously detected over considerable distances and serve at times in place of spoken communication. They help animals mark territory, recognize mates, and signal sexual interest. For example, female dogs in heat leave their pheromone and can attract male dogs over a mile away. Researchers have recently discovered that pheromones play a major role in the lives of humans. Prior to 1986, The world’s leading vomeronasal scientist could not concur on the existence of human pheromones. After that period, scientists at the Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, and its counterpart in France, discovered what they came to realize are human pheromones. These chemicals were found in a decidedly unsexy substance: Human Sweat.
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