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Mr. Darcy, What an Irresistible Scent!

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A pheromone in the urine of male mice is called darcin, named for Mr. Darcy, the man Elizabeth Bennet finds irresistible in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Bookshop|Amazon). Manatees use their sensitive lips to oripulate their environment and greet each other, oripulation being the oral version of manipulation. These tidbits come from a new book by science writer Ed Yong called An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us (Bookshop|Amazon). This is part of a complete episode.

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