The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. By contrast, the average human has between 2,000 and 10,000 taste buds, or gustatory calyculi, and we lose half of those taste receptors by time we turn 20! Why such a variance you ask? Our genes are given credit for determining the number of those little guys on the tip of your tongue. If we homosapiens, who love all things food and the gastronomic experience, have as little as 2,000 little taste receptors, that begs the question, what could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?
Until later . . . Jonathan Watson
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- Tongue (fhaji13.wordpress.com)
- Why Can We Taste Bitter Flavors? Turns Out, It’s Still A Mystery (npr.org)