Scientists are apparently doubting findings on how much odour is detected by dogs and pigeons, after a researcher involved in the original study was found to have doctored his results.
The incorrect results meant that traces of both the animal odour and that of human odour are not separated out when the subjects are examined by an animal nose-gas chromatograph.
Stanford University animal psychologist Dr Kent Stewart was asked by Alfred Sloan to do a study on how odour is emitted by dogs, pigeons and other animals.
Dr Stewart analysed every square inch of each sample and confirmed that both animal and human odour were associated with the same chemical.
The problem was that Dr Stewart did not actually measure the chemical, relying instead on animal training, modern microscopy and scientific observations of actual odours.
A lecturer at the University of California said Dr Stewart was ‘a bad researcher” who had ‘improperly removed all the measurements of odours of the two animals, thereby nullifying all the findings”.’
Dr Stewart claimed to have gathered his results after ensuring that both animals were taught the science of science and how to reason in order to measure the scale of the ratio of animal to human odours.
The results were published in the Yale Review of Humane Research and have since been pulled, yet to be published in another academic journal.