Elephants have best sense of smell of all mammals

July 23, 2014 2:57 AM

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Elephants have the most discerning sense of smell of any mammal, according to a new study.

The quantity and type of receptor genes in the nose of elephants provides this acute abilities to pachyderms. These genes, designed to detect smells, are utilized in sensor cells that line the nasal cavity of the animals, called the olfactory receptor (OR) repertoire. When an odor triggers these cel...

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