Monday, May 30, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Elephants have world's best sense of smell

Posted on Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

Elephants have a very keen sense of smell. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Greg Willis
African elephants have more genes dedicated to smell than anything else in the animal kingdom.
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.

With 20,000 genes dedicated to smell the African elephant has more than twice that of a dog and up to five times that of humans and other primates.

"The functions of these genes are not well known, but they are likely important for the living environment of African elephants," said Dr Yoshihito Niimura of the University of Tokyo.

"Apparently, an elephant's nose is not only long but also superior."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (14)

Tags: Elephant, Smell

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by shrooma on 23 July, 2014, 17:54
. huh?? .
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 23 July, 2014, 17:57
Quoted from the article link. I thought the same thing as well.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 23 July, 2014, 18:01
shrooma smells like a nasty shroom.. I know this as being fact..
Comment icon #8 Posted by shrooma on 23 July, 2014, 18:12
. i know! daily showers?! i laughed so hard a little bit of wee came out!! :-D
Comment icon #9 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 23 July, 2014, 19:03
I thought the trunk was an obvious indication but I concur.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ashyne on 24 July, 2014, 1:35
With the biggest noses in the animal kingdom, of course elephants have the best sense of smell.
Comment icon #11 Posted by aquatus1 on 24 July, 2014, 2:15
This really shouldn't have caught me as much by surprise as it did.
Comment icon #12 Posted by taniwha on 25 July, 2014, 9:07
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.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rei4ever on 4 August, 2014, 14:50
Actually they hear through vibrations , where they used their foot pads like ancient sauropods... They also have the Best sense of Feeling
Comment icon #14 Posted by taniwha on 5 August, 2014, 7:07
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! Ouch, with skin like that you could probably feel your own shadow!

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Russian family dines with a 7ft brown bear
The Panteleenkos adopted their bear Stepan when he was just a cub and now they do everything together.
Building blocks of life found on comet 67P
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made a significant new discovery within the atmosphere of its new home.
Huge sea sponge thought to be world's largest
Divers have discovered an ancient, minivan-sized sea sponge in an ocean ridge off the coast of Hawaii.
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
What if the world ended ?
Posted 5-30-2016 | 0 comments
What would happen in the event of an apocalypse ? Could you survive ?
Why does white noise make you fall asleep ?
Posted 5-29-2016 | 3 comments
What is it about the sound of white noise that sends people off to sleep ?
Simulating Mars atop a volcano
Posted 5-28-2016 | 0 comments
Six scientists have been living an isolated existence to simulate a mission to Mars.
Seeking new antibiotics under the sea
Posted 5-27-2016 | 1 comment
Scientists are seeking new treatments for antibiotic-resistant infections beneath the waves.
World's first mile-long pizza
Posted 5-26-2016 | 0 comments
Italian chefs have produced a single gigantic pizza that stretches for an entire mile.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
4-15-2016 | United States
The mysterious awakening
4-6-2016 | Los Angeles, California
Chocolate fairy? Really?
4-6-2016 | United Kingdom
Christmas Day haunting
4-6-2016 | London, UK
The funeral director
3-30-2016 | Hebburn, England
A strange sighting in Spain
3-30-2016 | Albatera, Spain
Dust patterns on basement floor
3-27-2016 | Smithville, Texas

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ