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Facial recognition software for lemurs could help save endangered species

The Verge Friday, 17 February 2017
Facial recognition software for lemurs could help save endangered speciesA team biologists and computer scientists have created the first ever facial recognition system for lemurs, able to identify more than 100 different individuals with 98.7 percent accuracy. It’s hoped that the software, dubbed LemurFaceID, will help with conversation efforts for the primate; giving researchers an easier and less invasive way to track individuals and whole families across generations.

“Like humans, lemurs have unique facial characteristics that can be recognized by this system," biometrics expert Anil Jain, who worked on the software, told Phys.org. “Once optimized, LemurFaceID can assist with long-term research of endangered species by providing a rapid, cost-effective and accurate method for identification."

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