African Elephants have the Largest Number of Olfactory Genes

July 23, 2014 2:22 PM

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Researchers reveal that African elephants have the largest number of olfactory genes - twice of that found in dogs and five times more than that in humans.

For many animals, the sense of smell is very critical for survival. It is the number of olfactory receptors present in the organism's genome that helps them sniff food and avoid predators. It is the sense of smell that helps them find mates.

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