September 30, — In a study that may improve animal breeding and reveal more about how animals detect odors, Utah and Oregon scientists learned how proteins help a female sex attractant stimulate male elephants so they mate, and how one protein may end their arousal. Prestwich, senior author of the new study and professor and chair of medicinal chemistry at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. The researchers identified a protein — known as OBP or odorant binding protein — that they believe acts like a sponge to absorb the female pheromone or sex attractant after mating has occurred and the male no longer needs to be stimulated. The findings were published in the Oct. Prestwich conducted the study with longtime elephant researcher L. Greenwood was a visiting scientist at Utah in and
Elephant sex drive linked to human sixth sense
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Sniffing Out Secrets of Elephant Sex
Follow our live coverage of the US election results. ABC's rolling coverage of the US election results. The aggressive sexual activity of Asian elephants could be a key to understanding the human sixth sense, new research published in the science journal Nature says. Male Asian elephants are famed for their annual bouts of heightened sexual activity and aggression, called "musth", during which they produce a notoriously pungent cocktail of chemicals to advertise their mating status, the researchers say.
Author contributions: K. Recognizing predators and judging the level of threat that they pose is a crucial skill for many wild animals. Human predators present a particularly interesting challenge, as different groups of humans can represent dramatically different levels of danger to animals living around them. We used playbacks of human voice stimuli to show that elephants can make subtle distinctions between language and voice characteristics to correctly identify the most threatening individuals on the basis of their ethnicity, gender, and age. Our study provides the first detailed assessment of human voice discrimination in a wild population of large-brained, long-lived mammals, and highlights the potential benefits of sophisticated mechanisms for distinguishing different subcategories within a single predator species.