Hey Humans: We DO Have A Good Sense Of Smell

May 31, 2017

Poor humans.  Such big noses, so little ability to smell. 

Credit DavidShankbone, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2319940

Even rats and mice get credit for better senses of smell than we have. 

But that could change with the work of John McGann at Rutgers University. 

The title of his recent publication pretty much hits the nail on the head: "Poor human olfaction is a 19th-century myth." 

Is it possible we could sense smells as well as dogs do?  We'll ask.