Hunter-gatherer lifestyle could help explain superior ability to ID smells

Foraging communities in forests of the Malay Peninsula are better at identifying odors than their rice-farming neighbors

Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers

SCENT MASTERS  Southeast Asian hunter-gatherer communities display an ability to name different odors that's not observed in Western nations or even in a neighboring farming group. Here, two of these hunter-gatherers clear an area to enable the growth of durian, a sweet-tasting but foul-smelling fruit.

N. Kruspe

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