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In a revealing study, Brazilian researchers asked 29 men to wear cotton skin patches for five days to absorb their sweat - and thus their body odours.A sample of 29 women then smelled each cotton patch and evaluated the odour on a scale from attractive to unattractive.The odours of men who had a complex similar to their own made them recoil in disgust.This highly developed sense of smell can have a profound effect on women's sexuality.Scientists identified the specific MHC complex of each man and woman through blood tests.Women found the aromas of men who had a complex dissimilar to their own to be the most desirable.
In fact, both sexes judge men with a high shoulder-to-hip ratio to be more physically and socially dominant.
They also reported higher rates of sexual infidelity.
Height is not the only aspect of men's bodies that excites women.
Studies of mate preferences reveal that women desire strong, muscular, athletic men for long-term partnerships as well as for sexual liaisons.
Most women also show a distinct preference for a V-shaped torso - broad shoulders relative to hips.In analyses of personal ads, 80 per cent of women state they want to meet a man who is 6ft or taller.