Humans Have A Unique Scent After Death

There is a scent that is given off after human death that is unique to our species. Researchers identified 452 organic compounds that are released after human death, but the smell of pig death actually shares many of them. The pig remains are able to be separate from human remains based on 5 esters. These findings could help us better train cadaver-sniffing dogs.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Researchers have identified 452 organic compounds that are released during the decomposition process of humans. 00:05

  2. Humans and pigs have similar body weights, biochemistry, and ratio of fat to muscle. 00:22

  3. Identifying the human "smell of death" could help us better train cadaver-sniffing dogs, or to create an electronic death-sniffing device. 00:54

Written By Curiosity Staff September 29, 2015