Study: Wolves can communicate with just their eyes

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Study: Wolves Can Communicate With Just Their Eyes


Ever try to talk to your friends without actually speaking? It can be a bit challenging ... which is what makes this discovery all the more impressive. A new study suggests wolves can communicate using only their eyes.
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A wolf plays with a one-month-old puppy in its enclosure of Berlin's Zoo on May 31, 2013 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Two one-month-old puppies play in their enclosure of Berlin's Zoo on May 31, 2013 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, AUG. 6 ** In this 2003 photo released by Wolf Park, shown is a wolf-dog hybrid in Indiana. Sandra Piovesan of Salem, Pa., who kept nine wolf-dog hybrids as pets, was found fatally mauled by the animals on July 17, 2006. Hybrids' wild instincts and often murky breeding make them a greater risk than many people realize, according to those familiar with the animal. (AP Photo/Wolf Park, Monty Sloan)
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FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo is a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. A group of humane societies Friday, April 12, 2013, appealed a Dane County, Wis., judge's ruling that wolf hunters can use dogs, extending their fight to erase one of the most polarizing elements of Wisconsin's wolf season. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)
FILE - This undated image provided by Yellowstone National Park, Mont., shows a gray wolf in the wild inside the park. Montana wildlife regulators have given their initial approval to wolf-trapping rules meant to reduce the chances of other animals, such as dogs and lynx, being caught. (AP Photo/National Park Service, MacNeil Lyons, file)
** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, AUG. 6 ** In this 2003 photo released by Wolf Park, shown is a wolf-dog hybrid in Indiana. Sandra Piovesan of Salem, Pa., who kept nine wolf-dog hybrids as pets, was found fatally mauled by the animals on July 17, 2006. Hybrids' wild instincts and often murky breeding make them a greater risk than many people realize, according to those familiar with the animal. (AP Photo/Wolf Park, Monty Sloan)
FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo is a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. A Wisconsin judge is to decide Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, whether to issue an injunction blocking wolf hunts while he weighs a lawsuit filed by a coalition of humane societies. They allege the DNR failed to set up restrictions on the use of dogs, creating the potential for bloody wolf-dog fights in the woods. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)
Wolf pups play at the Mission Wolf refuge near Westcliff, Colo., in this Jan. 1997, photo. Looks can be deceiving when it comes to wolf dogs, hybrid canines that are part wolf and part dog, experts say. (AP Photo/Tracy Brooks)
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Researchers looked at pictures of almost every species and found they have a special eye-based communication system. They narrowed it down to 3 basic patterns:

Type A- the pupil position and eye position are clear.

Type B- Only the eye position is clear

Type C- the eyes are unclear.

Certain wolves, dogs and even humans identify with type-A. The researchers wrote about their findings, "A-type faces tended to be observed in species living in family groups all year-round..."

Type B is common among other wolves, foxes and dingos that tend to travel solo or in pairs, and type C was found in primitive species like African wild dogs, that live in packs, but mostly hunt alone.

This isn't an entirely new theory - scientists believe one of the reasons humans have white surrounding our irises is so we can tell what others are looking at.

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