How Smart Are Animals? Our Tests May All Be Wrong…

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The way animals think and communicate is a mystery, but science is working on changing that. Here’s what we know so far.

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Sheep are able to recognize human faces from photographs
“Sheep can be trained to recognise human faces from photographic portraits - and can even identify the picture of their handler without prior training - according to new research from scientists at the University of Cambridge.”

This Is How Dolphins ‘See’ Humans With Echolocation
“A group of researchers recorded and analyzed the echolocation sounds used by a dolphin when it came face to face with a number of objects (including a human male), reconstructing a series of 2-D and 3-D images that show how dolphins ‘see’ objects underwater.”

The Unexpected Genius of Corvids
“Perhaps the best argument for this is crows' well-documented facial recognition ability. Back in 2008, researcher John Marzluff at the University of Washington began to notice that previously trapped members of the local crow population seemed more wary of certain members of his team, making them harder to capture.”


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How Smart Are Animals? Our Tests May All Be Wrong…

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