Study: Wolves can communicate with just their eyes

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)
TODAY -- Pictured: An American Grey wolf appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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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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