Wasps clock faces like humans

Some people say they never forget a face, and they aren’t alone — the golden paper wasp can also recognize the faces of other members of its species. In humans, this cognitive feat is thought to rely on specialized brain areas evolved specifically for the task, and work published today in Science suggests that the same may be true for these wasps.

“Fifteen years ago, if people had claimed [face recognition] existed in insects, others would have thought they were mad,” says Lars Chittka, a behavioural and sensory ecologist at Queen Mary University of London who was not involved in the study.

[Read more at Nature // December 1, 2011]

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