What about birds?

August 16, 2013 | James Kohl

ScienceShot: Forget Plumage, Birds Sniff Out Good Mates 2013-08-16 16:15

Excerpt: “The study, to be published in the October issue of Animal Behaviour, also found that bird odor was a more reliable predictor of reproductive success than a male’s size or his plumage.”

My comment: After two different presentations of my initial representation (in the early to mid- 1990s) of a model of how olfactory/pheromonal stimuli epigenetically alter mammalian gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) and behavior, Jay R. Feierman MD, Ph.D asked “What about birds?” Feierman is the current moderator of the International Society for Human Ethology yahoo group, and still cannot seem to get past the obvious fact that the molecular mechanisms of nutrient-dependent / pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution are conserved across all species.

Instead, until two days ago, he consistently touted the manufactured phrase that: “Random mutations are the substrate on which directional natural selection acts.” He has since changed to “…mutations are A substrate on which natural selection acts”.

On June 14, 2013, I published Nutrient–dependent / pheromone–controlled adaptive evolution: a model — in Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/snp….

Feierman continues to ignore the examples that clearly show how “Olfaction and odor receptors provide a clear evolutionary trail that can be followed from unicellular organisms to insects to humans.” It would be interesting to ask him and other theorists “What about birds?” after they learn that this article about birds sniffing out mates is published. It would also be interesting to learn of evidence in any species that suggests adaptive evolution is not nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled.



James Vaughn Kohl

James Vaughn Kohl

James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones.