The Dog in the Mirror

Humans and dogs may be distant relatives, but they connect like brothers. A Duke University anthropologist explores how our canine friends learned to talk our language, and what that says about us.

Tail chasers. Ball fetchers. Security guards. We tend to value dogs for their loyalty and charm, not for their brains. Now new research from evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare of Duke University shows that dogs may be smarter than we give them credit for; in some cases, they may even outsmart our primate relatives. Hare, who directs Duke’s Hominoid Psychology Research Group and the Duke Canine Cognition Center, studies the relationship between social behavior and cognition in animals. ...

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