September 2015

Researchers Pinpoint the "Smell of Death"

Cartoon image of skull and crossbones

Cadaver dogs have been used since the mid-1970s to assist police in searching for dead bodies. They have been trained to track through incliment weather and to distinguish the difference between human and animal remains. How they've been able to master the latter may have recently been uncovered by reserachers. A new study reveals that decomposing humans emit a very distinct "singular chemical cocktail", Science reports.