Smell, the thinking goes, is not our strongest sense. Our lowly noses are eclipsed by our ability to see the world around us, hear the sound of music and feel the touch of a caress. Even animals, we’re taught, have a far more acute sense of smell than we do.
But one scientist argues the idea of an inferior sense of smell stems from a 19th-century myth.
When neuroscientist John McGann at Rutgers started comparing the sense of smell in rodents to what was known about the human sense of smell, he had an epiphany.
“Actually we have a really excellent sense of smell,” he says. “There are quite a lot of experiments showing that the human sense of smell is pretty similar to what you can find with a rat or a mouse or a dog.”
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