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Through the eyes of a wolf: Quantifying and classifying the facial signalling of wolves (Canis lupus) and domestic dogs

Friday 22 February, 18.29pm-6.45pm – Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

With Elana Hobkirk

My research quantifies the facial expressions of wolves and dogs, and links these to affective states, and demonstrates how the morphological differences domestic dogs possess (from their wolf ancestry), limits their ability to produce the same range of affective facial expressions wolves are capable of. My research suggests that wolves have comparable facial expressions to simian primates, and shows that the limitations of domestic dogs pose many implications with dog-dog communication and our own understanding of our companion canids.