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Elephants have world's best sense of smell


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:14 PM

African elephants have more genes dedicated to smell than anything else in the animal kingdom.

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In a recent study published in Genome Research, scientists examining the number of genes associated with an animal's sense of smell found that an elephant's trunk was able to beat even the best known of nature's keenest noses including those of humans, horses, rats and even dogs.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:47 PM

So, mice are more genetically diverse than humanity?

Good to know.


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:51 PM

So what i get from this is that it would be really cruel to pass gas next to one..

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:55 PM

Its a pity they can't smell the hunters coming and run away, they probably can, but I guess there is nowhere to hide from humans...sigh


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:40 PM

"Some experts believe that humans have a far greater sense of smell than previously thought but daily showers and fridges, which mask bad odours, have stopped us noticing."

Looks like even our noses have gotten more apathetic.


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:54 PM

View Postpaperdyer, on 23 July 2014 - 05:40 PM, said:

but daily showers
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huh??
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:57 PM

View Postshrooma, on 23 July 2014 - 05:54 PM, said:

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Quoted from the article link.  I thought the same thing as well.


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:01 PM

shrooma smells like a nasty shroom..

I know this as being fact.. :lol:

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:12 PM

View Postpaperdyer, on 23 July 2014 - 05:57 PM, said:

Quoted from the article link.  I thought the same thing as well.
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i laughed so hard a little bit of wee came out!!
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:03 PM

I thought the trunk was an obvious indication but I concur.

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 01:35 AM

With the biggest noses in the animal kingdom, of course elephants have the best sense of smell.


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 02:15 AM

This really shouldn't have caught me as much by surprise as it did.


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 09:07 AM

View PostAshyne, on 24 July 2014 - 01:35 AM, said:

With the biggest noses in the animal kingdom, of course elephants have the best sense of smell.

The biggest ears in the animal kingdom as well, but does that give it the best hearing in the world?  It appears that prize would go to something smaller  much than an elephants toenail.

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Ultrasound simply refers to a sound that is outside a human's sonic range--which isn't that hard, really, as humans have modest auditory abilities. Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland have discovered that the greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella), a dull-colored, generally boring and common moth, has the most extreme hearing sense of any known animal. It's capable of hearing sounds frequencies of up to 300kHz, blowing away our piddly human abilities (at our best, humans can only hear up to about 20kHz).
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Posted 04 August 2014 - 02:50 PM

View Posttaniwha, on 25 July 2014 - 09:07 AM, said:

The biggest ears in the animal kingdom as well, but does that give it the best hearing in the world?  It appears that prize would go to something smaller  much than an elephants toenail.

Actually they hear through vibrations , where they used their foot pads like ancient sauropods... They also have the Best sense of Feeling :yes:

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:07 AM

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Actually they hear through vibrations , where they used their foot pads like ancient sauropods... They also have the Best sense of Feeling :yes:

Very interesting thanks, Rei4eva, i have read that they weep when they grieve, very touching.

Perhaps the most touch sensitive creature on earth, the catfish, starts to feel the tremors of an earthquake days in advance!  :lol:

Ouch, with skin like that you could probably feel your own shadow!   :yes:


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