What is the smell of death?

September 10th, 2009 | by Nick |

Scientists have discovered that when animals die, their corpses exude a particular “stench of death” which repels their living relatives. This ‘death recognition system’ probably evolved more than 400 million years ago as a way of avoiding predators and viruses. BBC (lots of fascinating examples)

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