A Simple Reason for a Big Difference Wolves Do Not Look Back at Humans, but Dogs Do

  title={A Simple Reason for a Big Difference Wolves Do Not Look Back at Humans, but Dogs Do},
  author={{\'A}. Mikl{\'o}si and E. Kubinyi and J. Top{\'a}l and M. G{\'a}csi and Z. Viranyi and V. Cs{\'a}nyi},
  journal={Current Biology},
The present investigations were undertaken to compare interspecific communicative abilities of dogs and wolves, which were socialized to humans at comparable levels. [...] Key Result The first study demonstrated that socialized wolves were able to locate the place of hidden food indicated by the touching and, to some extent, pointing cues provided by the familiar human experimenter, but their performance remained inferior to that of dogs.Expand
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