Are face recognition abilities in humans and sheep really 'comparable'?

A. Towler*, R. I. Kemp, V. Bruce, A. M. Burton, J. D. Dunn, D. White

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Knolle et al. [1] tested the ability of sheep to recognize human faces. Their results provide a compelling demonstration of advanced human-face recognition abilities in sheep, and make an important contribution to work seeking to understand the visual, cognitive and neural processes driving face and object recognition in non-human animals. However, as scientists who study face recognition in humans, we believe Knolle et al.'s claim that ‘sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities, comparable with those of humans' (abstract, page 1) is unwarranted given their data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number180772
JournalRoyal Society Open Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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