Face Smarts

Humans aren’t the only animals who possess special skills with mugs

By Susan Milius, 11:13 AM September 20, 2012

Let’s take a minute to turn faces upside down.

 

Pick any face. Ignore beards, glasses, hairdos or lack of any hair to do, and upend the facial features of Charles Darwin, Ray Charles or anyone named Charlotte who reads Science News.

People who normally remember or match a face perfectly well have trouble when it is standing on its head. But before there’s a chorus of “well, obviously,” let’s try turning dogs upside down, too.

Most people who don’t breed dogs or judge shows don’t recognize an ind...

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