A research paper co-authored by Duquesne University Professor Dr. Anne Burrows has been recognized as one of the top 100 most influential studies of 2019.


The study, which found that "puppy dog eyes" evolved over thousands of years to help dogs better communicate with humans, was ranked 27thin the Altmetric Top 100. More than 2.8 million research papers were published in 2019.


The research, published in June in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), became an instant hit, garnering attention from traditional, online and social media outlets thousands of times.


Burrows is a biological anthropologist in Duquesne's Department of Physical Therapy and an expert in the evolution of primate facial expressions. In addition to Burrows, the team included behavioral and anatomical experts from the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., Howard University and North Carolina State University. The research team was led by comparative psychologist Dr. Juliane Kaminski at the University of Portsmouth.


The annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights research that generates significant international online attention and discussion - from post-publication peer review sites and public policy documents to mainstream media, blogs, Wikipedia and social media platforms. In the past year, Altmetric tracked over 25 million mentions of 2.8 million research studies.


The most discussed and shared scientific research of 2019 included climate crisis, artificial intelligence and vaccines.

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December 17, 2019