Old people have a reputation for producing a distinct stink that follows them around like, well, a bad odor. Now, chemosensory experts have found that people can indeed pick out the aged aroma — and it’s actually more pleasant and less intense than body odors from twentysomethings and middle-aged folk.
Humans excel at many things, but they aren’t known for their olfactory prowess. In recent years, however, scientists have shown that humans use their noses when selecting romantic partners, picking out kin and distinguishing men from women.
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