Re: Identity by smell (was Re:silly walks department)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 13:33:05 MDT

>From: James Rogers <>
>However, going out on a limb, I've also noticed that ethnic groups as a
>whole have a characteristic smell that is not dependent on where they
>actually live. In other words, a Japanese girl born and raised in New
>York will have a similar type of smell to one born and raised in Tokyo,
>but will smell distinctly different than, say, a girl of Mexican descent.
>In other words, it has always seemed to me that genetically similar groups
>of people have a similar and characteristic smell, although each
>individual in that group will have their own unique version of it. I
>wonder how much smell actually influences mate selection and
>supports similar types of subconscious communication.

Interesting. So, if you were blindfolded, do you think you could smell the
difference between a Japanese and a Mexican and tell us which was which?


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