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Today’s cartoon is about a funny situation – do you trust your dog, cat, or bird to tell you who is a good person, someone you should get to know better?– but the idea of deciding whether someone “smells right” is really very practical. We all do it.
I’m especially interested in birds, and they have long been described as being unlike other animals in that they don’t have much of a sense of smell or taste. (ie, that’s why they eat bugs!) Last week an interesting study came out, however, that begs to differ:
In a first-of-its-kind study, however, a Michigan State University researcher has demonstrated that birds do indeed communicate via scents, and that odor reliably predicts their reproductive success. ..The study also revealed that females were making multiple decisions based on how their potential mates smelled.
Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland conducted a study concerning this phenomenon, discovering that females actually choose their genetically preferred mate based upon their scent.
Most women don’t need a study to tell them this… The nose knows!
How has your sense of smell helped you decide who to trust? Or do you look to your dog to tell you who is truly a “good” person?