Sheep can recognize Baaaa-rack Obama's face, new study shows In this image taken from video, a sheep indicates recognition of former US president Barack Obama, right, displayed on a computer screen during research carried out by scientists at Cambridge University. (Cambridge University via AP)
Sheep can recognize Baaaa-rack Obama's face, new study shows
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A new study shows that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces from photographs on computer screens.

The Cambridge University study was published last Wednesday. It also shows that sheep can recognize the faces of their human handlers without any prior training.

It had been known that sheep can recognize familiar faces of other sheep and of humans.

The researchers say this study of the ability of sheep to recognize faces may be useful in research into Huntington's disease and other human brain disorders that affect mental processing.

Lead scientist Professor Jenny Morton says sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities comparable to those of humans and monkeys.

Among the faces they were trained to recognize were Barack Obama and actress Emma Watson. She played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies.

The research was published in Royal Society: Open Science.

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  • RyanB-mor1
    11/15/2017 - 02:49 p.m.

    I think it is weird for a pig to recognize faces. I would not want a pig to recognize my face.

  • SophiaD-del1
    11/15/2017 - 03:36 p.m.

    I believe that with sheep being able to recognize facial compositions, we as a human race, can figure out how to cure diseases, learn the ways on how people are able to retain the faces of others, or go beyond the boundaries of the mind. This article helped me to understand that no only humans are able to recognize faces and go beyond the level of learning capabilities of other organisms.

  • JuliaA -del
    11/15/2017 - 03:37 p.m.

    The main idea is that sheep recognize Former President Barack Obama's face. The Cambridge University study shown that sheep can recognize the faces of humans handlers without any vital training.

  • CadenceG-del
    11/15/2017 - 04:13 p.m.

    Lead scientist Professor Jenny Morton says sheep have advanced face-recognition abilities comparable to those of humans and monkeys. This is very cool and interesting. I feel as though this wouldn't be useful.

  • JaredI-del
    11/15/2017 - 04:22 p.m.

    they could use this information help people with a disease

  • KyleP-del1
    11/15/2017 - 04:23 p.m.

    The main idea of this article is that sheeps are smart a can recognize human faces. Hopefully they will take over the world.????????????????????????????

  • PedroM-del1
    11/15/2017 - 04:29 p.m.

    Researchers could look at the sheep and say Baaaa. They could see how the sheep brain memorizes faces and how that could help people with memory loss.

  • PriscillaD-del
    11/15/2017 - 04:34 p.m.

    The main idea is that a new study shows that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces from photographs on computer screens. It also shows that sheep can recognize the faces of their human handlers without any prior training. I thought this was interesting because sheeps who don't know as much as humans, could tell the difference between different people.

  • ZofiaT-del
    11/15/2017 - 04:41 p.m.

    A new study shows sheep can recognize human faces. These studies were made and proven at Cambridge University. This research can help with human brain disorders that affect mental processing.

  • NatalieH-del
    11/15/2017 - 04:58 p.m.

    Sheep are able to recognise people's faces! Cambridge University just did a study on it. These abilities could be helpful for mental disorders and Huntington's disease.

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