Building rockets and exploring space are definitely not the criteria for being the superior species. We might be a notch above the animal kingdoms in many things, but there are several animals that are unique and have abilities that have helped us humans– be it in the field of medicine, genetics or chemistry. If you think humans are powerful, animals are twice as powerful, thanks to their incredibly evolved senses.
- Birds can detect magnetic fields
Birds are known to detect variations in the earth’s magnetic field. Migratory birds navigate thousands of kilometres between their breeding and wintering grounds with remarkable accuracy. Scientific evidence suggested that cells capable of picking up this information were located in the bird’s inner ear.
- Dolphins Might Be Able To Tell If A Woman Is Pregnant
Dolphins can detect if someone is pregnant using echolation. They may be able to sense and even visualize unborn human babies. Echolocation is also how dolphins navigate and communicate. They send out very high-pitched sound waves, and then analyse how the sound changes as it bounces off various objects.
- Honeybees can find land mines
Bees are trained by being fed a sugar solution mixed with the smell of explosives. Honeybees, scientists say, have an incredible sense of smell, and with the right amount of prodding can be trained to sniff out TNT, the most common explosive used in land mines.
4. Cats can detect diseases in humans
Cats might not have the ability to cure sickness, they are definitely capable of detecting it. A 10-year-old cat named Oscar is believed to have predicted the deaths of 100 people at a nursing home. Oscar also offers comfort to the terminally ill residents who would have otherwise died alone.
5. Snakes detect heat
Pythons, boas, rattlesnakes and other members of the family known as the ‘pit vipers’ have a unique ‘sixth sense’. They have special pits located between their eyes and nostrils that can sense minute temperature changes including infrared rays. This aids in locating warm-blooded prey such as rodents.
- Pigs can track down truffles
Truffles are rare and expensive and pigs have a remarkable ability to sniff them out from as deep as three feet underground. Truffles contain large amounts of a substance that is also synthesized in boar testicles. The substance is secreted in the saliva of boars looking to breed. Females are attracted to the musky scent emanating from their saliva foam. But most times, pigs end up eating the truffles they find.
- Elephants are capable of detecting a rainstorm
Elephants can “sense” rainstorms from as far away as 150 miles. . Elephants are also migratory animals, with herds nearly constantly on the move in the search for food and water. Researchers can’t say for sure how it is that the elephants are able to detect the rainfall, but suspect that they might be able to hear it—either the thunder claps or the rain actually hitting the ground at a distant location.
8. Dogs can sense an earthquake before it hits
Not just dogs, but animals in general can sense earthquakes before they occur. That’s because they have a very sharp hearing ability. This sensitivity may allow them to hear seismic activities that precede earthquakes.
- Fruit Flies can trace cancer cells
According to research from Italy, the fruit flies react to the scents of certain cancer cells with changes in their antenna. Further, the study found that fruit flies can differentiate between different types of cancers.
Scientists have trained mice to identify the poop of ducks infected with avian influenza. The trained mice correctly chose infected poop over uninfected poop 90% of the time.
When it comes to tracking a prey or even avoiding obstacles in the deeps of the ocean, fish follow the flow of the water to find their way around. They have something called flow sensors and it helps in gathering information about the flow of water.