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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  • EvanC-del
    11/15/2017 - 06:14 p.m.

    To find out that sheep's can recognize people's faces, is quite astounding. They must be really smart.

  • MarianaG-del
    11/15/2017 - 06:26 p.m.

    This was about sheep facial recondition which I find very interesting. I am surprised they know so much.

  • GemmaV-del
    11/15/2017 - 06:32 p.m.

    it 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. this article was very interesting.

  • DevanS-del
    11/15/2017 - 06:43 p.m.

    This is a big break for scientists.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.

  • AkshayB-del
    11/15/2017 - 06:59 p.m.

    The main idea of this article is that sheep have the ability to recognize human faces from photographs on computer screens. It shows that sheep can recognize the faces of their human handlers without any prior training. Among the faces they were trained to recognize were Barack Obama and actress Emma Watson.

  • AnthonyG-del1
    11/15/2017 - 07:17 p.m.

    The main idea is that sheep can recognize peoples faces. I wonder how they are so smart and know what the faces look like

  • ChloeR-del
    11/15/2017 - 07:19 p.m.

    Researchers can do many things with this information. They could study Huntington's disease and learn more about it. They can also study other human brain disorders that affect mental processing.

  • JosephF-del
    11/15/2017 - 07:36 p.m.

    Researchers can now learn about disease and other brain disorders. This can help find cures for the sick.

  • TiffanyW-del
    11/15/2017 - 08:16 p.m.

    Researchers can use this information to research into Huntington’s disease and other human brain disorders that affect mental processing.

  • ChloeR-del1
    11/15/2017 - 08:25 p.m.

    Researchers say that "may be useful n research into Huntington's disease and other human brain disorders that affect mental processing."

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