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Like us, wasps don’t forget a face

Wednesday 12.07.2011 , Posted by
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Paper wasps have brains that are less than a millionth the size of the human brain, yet new research shows they have a similar ability to recognize and remember a familiar face.

The study marks the first time that any insect has demonstrated such a high level of specialized visual learning, says lead author Michael Sheehan, a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

“Wasps and humans have independently evolved similar and very specialized face-learning mechanisms, despite the fact that everything about the way we see and the way our brains are structured is different,” Sheehan says. “That’s surprising and sort of bizarre.”

Full story at Futurity.

(Photo credit: Michael Sheehan)

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  1. That’s unbelievable! I think most people would have thought it without being too surprised but scientifically speaking, considering the size of their brains etc. That’s amazing! A miracle.

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