Saturday, January 20, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Sheep are capable of recognizing human faces


Posted on Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 | Comment icon 8 comments

It turns out that a sheep can recognize your face. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 George Gastin
A new study has revealed that, like humans, the humble sheep has the ability to recognize a familiar face.
The peculiar discovery was made by researchers at Cambridge University who had trained eight of the animals to recognize the faces of celebrities like Emma Watson and President Barack Obama.

The process involved having each animal pick from a selection of two faces by breaking an infrared beam. If they selected the correct (familiar) face they were rewarded with some food.

The researchers found that the sheep were able to identify the celebrity faces more often than not.

"What we did is ask whether a sheep could learn to recognize someone from a photograph," said study lead author Professor Jenny Morton. "We focused on whether or not an animal was capable of processing a two-dimensional object as a person."

The results indicated that sheep possess similar facial recognition abilities to apes and humans.

It is hoped that the findings could help scientists learn more about neurodegenerative diseases.

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

Tags: Sheep, Faces

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 8 November, 2017, 14:03
Cows,goats and horses can too. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by fred_mc on 8 November, 2017, 14:17
Since we humans can't recognize sheep faces I guess this makes sheep smarter than humans.
Comment icon #3 Posted by The Russian Hare on 8 November, 2017, 16:31
Now I understand computers/phones that can recognize faces. There are sheep inside of them.
Comment icon #4 Posted by _KB_ on 8 November, 2017, 16:35
Well i can recognize dog faces... I've memorized every dog in a 10 block radius as a car game... now I've only got to do the same for humans on my block and i'll know all my neighbors
Comment icon #5 Posted by Anonymous12321 on 9 November, 2017, 1:18
I think with this website I have found my people.
Comment icon #6 Posted by UFOwatcher on 13 November, 2017, 17:40
Sheep says, "that is the guy"...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 15 November, 2017, 9:25
Hm, that study had to be done in Wales....
Comment icon #8 Posted by third_eye on 15 November, 2017, 9:39
Yup ... Alfred P Doolittle ... 'Moralist' ~   [00.12:31] ~


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6083779
260490
172597

 
Undersea 'Mordor' found off coast of Australia
1-20-2018
The 'Tolkienesque' landscape is made up of 26 underwater volcanoes buried beneath seabed sediment.
'Brother mummies' had different fathers
1-20-2018
Scientists have finally solved the mystery of the relationship between two 4,000-year-old mummies.
Saturn's moon Titan has its own sea level
1-19-2018
Just like the oceans here on Earth, Titan's hydrocarbon seas and lakes lie at an average elevation.
'Haunted' painting has sold in New Zealand
1-19-2018
An acrylic painting purchased from an antique store has earned itself something of a haunted reputation.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Brian Cox talks to Buzz Aldrin
Posted 1-18-2018 | 1 comment
Professor Brian Cox discusses space travel with legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
 
Typing vs handwriting
Posted 1-16-2018 | 2 comments
Is typing on a computer better or worse for your memory then writing on paper ?
 
Can coding help avoid job automation ?
Posted 1-12-2018 | 0 comments
Taking up coding and technical skills to avoid automation may be counter-productive.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Strange feeling
1-18-2018 | Different places
 
Unexplained voices
1-18-2018 | United States
 
First college apartment
12-31-2017 | Daytona Beach, FL
 
The night my niece was murdered
12-19-2017 | Delhi, Louisiana
 
Mysterious Headlights
12-10-2017 | Morgan County, Alabama
 
Possibly a child ghost
12-10-2017 | Edgewater, Maryland
 
True story about black-eyed kids
12-10-2017 | Portland oregon
 
Alien or paranormal encounter ?
12-10-2017 | United States
 
Ouija board experience
12-10-2017 | Ohio
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ