- ... to copulate. You can try to describe that by neural centers in the brain stem & hypothalamus. I don t know much of that. Nobody expects a gorilla to knowMessage 1 of 70 , Apr 30, 2000View Source
>> Gerry, why do you want to eat? It's the same question IMO. They just wantto copulate. You can try to describe that by neural centers in the brain
stem & hypothalamus. I don't know much of that. Nobody expects a gorilla to
"know" (consciously, literally) that birth is a result of copulation. They
copulate because they're selected to copulate. As all species with sexual
reproduction. Someone (forgot who) once proposed to place "bio-"
before a biological "shorthand" description. In that teminology, gorillas
bio-know that copulation leads to birth, but probably they don't
know=realize that. Marc
>You mean gorilla's copulate because they're hungry?Do you??
> Could be. Perhaps it's simply a natural instinct like sleeping. Perhapsit's also cultural as opposed to only biological. Maybe a bit of both.
Yes, a bit of both. That's what you always wanted to hear, isn't it? :-)
- ... explanation? ... most land mammals, pheromones (copulines) are very important in letting the male(s) know there s a fertile female. In humans, as inMessage 70 of 70 , May 3, 2000View Source
>> >Gerry: Ask I've asked before. Does anything else follow a pheromoneexplanation?
>>MV: Not sure what you mean. In gorillas & all nonhuman primates, as inmost land mammals, pheromones (copulines) are very important in letting the
male(s) know there's a fertile female. In humans, as in dolphins I guess,
sight is more important. Marc
>So pheromones are only important within the nonhuman group in letting amale know where there's a fertile female. Do you mean a female in estrus?
("only"? "the" nonhuman group?)
In nonhuman primates, olfaction (sexual pheromones) are probably more
important than in humans for knowing when a female in the neighbourhood is
> And why are you saying that among dolphins and humans, site is moreimportant? Please explain. Gerry
Because cetaceans have a rudimentary or absent olfactory bulb. They need
other information, eg, male attracting behaviour - sounds, gestures,
dances... - of fertile females?