07/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Uglier Animals Get Less Attention From Scientists, Face Higher Threat Of Extinction

When it comes to a beauty contest, the African manatee, a bloated sea cow that grazes the coastal waters off west Africa, will never win any prizes. But should an unprepossessing mugshot condemn a species to extinction?

According to a new study, rampant bias exists among researchers towards "cuter and more interesting" animals.

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