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Re: Feathered Bloodhounds
Quoting Jura <email@example.com>:
> Don't forget, the results suggested that bird sense of smell (barring those
> anomalous vultures) was on par, or slightly better than humans.
> That's not a high bar to hit.
> If anything, it sounds like the results are showing that bird olfaction is
> only as pathetic as human olfaction. Overall not a big deal.
The human sense of smell is quite a bit better than most people realise, it's
just that our reactions
to scents tend to be on the sub-conscious level. There have been several
experiments that I know
of, one of which had human subjects follow a scent trail along the ground
blood-hound style (head
down, backside up). Humans faired surprisingly well at following even faint
Another study found that men tend to tip strippers far more generously when
they're in their most
fertile part of their menstrual cycle. The researchers suggested it may have
been due to a sub-
conscious reaction to the womens' pheromones.
One thing to keep in mind about this bird study is that they used the number of
genes present in the genome. Not all of those genes are necessarily being
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