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Canines have anal glands, sometimes known as anal sacs. My question is, if primates had similar glands, would it be a serious social fox paw if we didn't sniff each others butts on being introduced?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 11/12/2010 19:33:51 »
Some primates have more extreme forms of greeting than that ...

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Sexual intercourse plays a major role in Bonobo society observed in captivity,
 being used as what some scientists perceive as a greeting ...
They also do not seem to discriminate in their sexual behavior by sex or age
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo#Sexual_social_behavior

{If they need legal representation is it pro-bonobo.   :) ]
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« Reply #2 on: 11/12/2010 20:52:39 »
Some primates have more extreme forms of greeting than that ...

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Sexual intercourse plays a major role in Bonobo society observed in captivity,
 being used as what some scientists perceive as a greeting ...
They also do not seem to discriminate in their sexual behavior by sex or age
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo#Sexual_social_behavior

{If they need legal representation is it pro-bonobo.   :) ]

There's got to be a joke here about "U2", but I don't want to derail the thread.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 12/12/2010 03:52:45 »
Does this have something to do with brown nosing the boss?
Small talk about derail, would past greetings be extended to Subway  seat sniffers?
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If primates had anal glands, would we have to sniff butt?
« Reply #4 on: 12/12/2010 12:06:05 »
Anal glands or not, I flatly refuse to stick my nose up the Geezer's bum.

No way, not none never no how. Nor anyone else's for that matter. No, no, no, no, no, no, NO!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 12/12/2010 12:09:36 »
Some primates have more extreme forms of greeting than that ...

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Sexual intercourse plays a major role in Bonobo society observed in captivity,
 being used as what some scientists perceive as a greeting ...
They also do not seem to discriminate in their sexual behavior by sex or age
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo#Sexual_social_behavior

{If they need legal representation is it pro-bonobo.   :) ]

There's got to be a joke here about "U2", but I don't want to derail the thread.

The other Jovial band album "Slippery When Wet"
Pepe La Pew and FiFi Lafuma
Will we excrete Pheromone For Seduction, maybe our body on a whole is made of that gland.
http://www.urubrasil.net/videos.php?id=lRhbjUzucec&titulo=Bambi:%20Twitterpated

In deducting should I repeat the obvious?
Is a fart in church a formatable way of giving a global greeting or getting a pew
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« Reply #6 on: 12/12/2010 22:42:03 »
I'm sure someone will get to the bottom of this intriguing question at some point...
 

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« Reply #7 on: 13/12/2010 08:32:20 »
I'm sure someone will get to the bottom of this intriguing question at some point...

No complaints about this post Geezer, lets face it, you arsked for it!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 13/12/2010 13:37:57 »
The reality is that humans have evolved to not need the same nasal sensitivity as other species.

I could probably tell the difference between a cow pie, a horse apple, or pig manure, or dog droppings by the smell, but I certainly don't use that to tell the identities of the individuals that left them behind.

Likewise, we've evolved to be very visual for identifying individuals.

In fact, in many senses we've evolved to consider the smells of human waste as unpleasant...  perhaps due to risks of disease transmission.  Sorry to those of you who are anticipating bum inspections.

Personally, I couldn't tell you the difference between a $1/gallon and $1000/gram perfume.  But, I can tell you that they are all offensive when used in excess.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 13/12/2010 16:27:18 »
Taking the original question seriously, with much difficulty, I have to say that I haven't observed any dogs taking offense when their butt is ignored, so if we primates had the glands why should we be concerned if they were ignored?
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« Reply #10 on: 13/12/2010 19:01:26 »
It really is a serious question, although I admit I did camp it up just a tad   :D

Perhaps the social affront in dogie terms is failing to submit ones nether regions for olfactory examination. I believe that's how dogs identify each other, so refusal could be equivalent, in human terms, to wearing a mask to prevent recognition, and you know how disturbing that is to some of us.

Imagine for a minute that we encounter a very friendly and intelligent alien species who happen to use something similar to the canine form of recognition. Would we be able to come to terms with it, or would it spell the end of a beautiful relationship?

 

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« Reply #11 on: 13/12/2010 20:34:48 »
I suppose it depends on whether the aliens think extending your right hand is an aggressive gesture.

I have heard that one of the reasons dogs scratch the dirt after leaving their piles is to leave scents from the paws.  And, when approaching a dog, I often offer it my hand to sniff and inspect.  I suppose you could offer the dog your rear...  but the hand is usually the best approach.

Hopefully if we ever meet Aliens, we'll be able to accept their culture on neutral grounds. 

Thinking a bit more of human development.. perhaps one thing that was lost with upright standing was the ability to rub noses in the bum.

 
 

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« Reply #12 on: 15/12/2010 02:04:53 »
Many upscale perfumes contain ingredients which express the smell of clean anus. I was thinking that recent scandals involving high-ranking politicians and entertainers could be traced to the close encounter with such scents in offices staffed by perfumed aides. Possibly the continual stimulation from these scents drove the offenders to seek release with prostitutes and underlings.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 15/12/2010 09:50:20 »
Oh my gosh!!!

 

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« Reply #14 on: 15/12/2010 12:55:07 »
The excretions of the perianal glands of the Civet cat were used in Channel No5 perfume




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« Reply #15 on: 16/12/2010 14:28:03 »
Well, I don't care, I AM NOT wiping the neighbour's cat's arse around my face and that's an end to it!
 

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