Sheep Have Good Memories

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Sheep have good memories, as reported in Nature, vol 414, p65, 8 November 2001. Scientists at the Laboratory of Cognitive and Developmental Neuroscience in Cambridge (UK) trained sheep to negotiate a maze using pictures of sheep’s faces as visual cues. The sheep remembered the right faces for over two years after the initial training. Sheep also remember human faces equally well. As with humans and primates, sheep have groups of brain cells whose special function is to recognise faces, but not other visual information. The scientists found the sheep responded to faces of both sheep and humans that they had come to know but had not seen for over a year.

Editorial Comment: The Bible often compares people with sheep. Like sheep we need a shepherd, and to be part of a flock. The best comment on these findings comes from the Creator himself. "I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me just as the Father knows me and I know the Father and I lay down my life for the sheep." John 10:14-15.

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