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Olfactory Discrimination in the Giant Anteater


THE giant anteater (Myrmecophaga jubata), a South American edentate with a well developed olfactory system and an almost insatiable penchant for sniffing, has traditionally been called a “macrosmatic” animal. Beyond the neural development and the behavioural predilection, however, there is no evidence to indicate that the sense of smell in this animal is extraordinarily acute.

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MCADAM, D., WAY, J. Olfactory Discrimination in the Giant Anteater. Nature 214, 316–317 (1967).

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