Could our affection for animal footage have scientific value?

03/18/2013 | LiveScience.com

Amateur videos showing animals doing silly things may have more than just entertainment value, as they sometimes provide valuable documentation of unknown behaviors. "They're not substitutes for good, hardcore research, but they're very valuable," said former University of Colorado professor Marc Bekoff. One study found the vast majority of amateur vacation images of whale sharks could be used for identification of individuals, while another research group argues footage of dogs could challenge human assumptions about interspecific relationships.

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