Mole sniffs the world in stereo

Nostrils of unlovely mammal recognize slight differences in odors

By Tina Hesman Saey, 09:31 AM February 5, 2013

The common mole may be homely but its nose is a wonder to behold.


The eastern American mole, also known as the common mole, tracks down an earthworm treat by recognizing the slightly different odor cues entering each nostril, neurobiologist Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University in Nashville reports online February 5 in Nature Communications.

The finding suggests that even though mole nostrils are separated by a fraction of a centimeter, each gets its own scent information that can guide an ...

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