Male Goat's 'Goaty' Pheromone Puts Females in the Mood

February 27, 2014 6:30 PM

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Male Goat's 'Goaty' Pheromone Puts Females in the Mood

There is more to that characteristic "goaty" odor of male goats than one may think (or smell). It turns out, a male goat's scent is powerful enough to get female goats in the mood.

New research has identified a pheromone in the hair of male goats that activates a hormone in female goats called gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which stimulates their reproductive systems. The pheromone is called 4-ethyloctanal.

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