OHSU, New Zealand study says exact molecular mixture in male-emitted pheromone during musth period dictates other elephants interest
The exact chemical blend of a pheromone emitted by older male elephants in musth influences both a female elephants interest in mating and how other surrounding elephants behave, a new study has found.
The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Auckland in New Zealand say the release of a specific proportion of two mirror images of the pheromone, frontalin, depends on whether the male elephant is mature enough and has reached a particular stage of musth, an annual period of sexual activity and increased aggression.
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