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If humanity were to become extinct, do you think another animal species would evolve to take our place? What lessons do you think they'd learn from our successes and failures?

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  • Никакие,раз человечество до сих пор не извлекло уроков из гибели прошлых цивилизаций.

  • Китайцы!

  • I think another animal species would take our place because other things in the past have been extinct and something new was created. I think the greatest lesson from our success and failures that they'd learn are mainly to just enjoy life and learn from your mistakes.

  • А много мы извлекли уроков из "Времени Динозавров"? Они, динозавры, царили миллионы лет, а мы только тысячи.
    Какое животное займёт место "Царя Горы" в пищевой цепочке?
    Это, прежде всего, хишник. Вернее всеядное сушество ...
    Но, пожалуй, люди так сломают планету, что и зубастых радиоактивных Амёб не останется.
    С уважением, Любитель!
  • Well, if humans became extinct it'd probably be because of a nuclear explosion....and the only life form expected to survive nuclear explosions are actually cockroaches. So cockroaches would take over and probably evolve over time into some giant cockroach species or possibly even aliens

  • Dolphins XDDD. You know they're hiding something. The way they grin. It's unatural. It's like they're planning something and we have yet to find out D:



    hahaha...I'm finally done provincials for the semester. On to semester two~


  • yes. evolution won't stop.

    havent we learned that history repeats itself?

  • What, exactly, is "our place"? The ecological niches we inhabit, the spots on the food-chain? Then yes, either something else would step in--and evolution might not be required; chickens can get eaten and forests replanted just fine without our help--or those niches would cease to exist as a result of our absence. Our self-appointed role as sole intelligent species, sole producer of fine arts and great literature, sole complex-language-capable life-form? There's no reason that other species can't become capable of those things with or without modern humans about cluttering up the place. Our cities, our homes, our fields and our factories? Our TV networks and spy satellites and shipyards? Our libraries and art galleries and shoe shops? It strikes me as very unlikely that other species should develop in such a way as to be compatible with these things. Think for a moment just about vision: how much of human life, communication, art, survival is dependent upon our ability to perceive a relatively narrow band of radiation, the colour spectrum from red to blue or whatever it is? How many other species, on Earth or elsewhere, could be expected to share that same version of vision? Can a dolphin perceive the colours of the Mona Lisa properly? Can a horse's brain understand 2D video as representing a 3D world? Can a fish distinguish black from cream well enough to read a book? In order to make use of the human legacy of literature and film and sculpture and gardens, a new species needs not only the capacity to understand our intent to communicate through these media, but the ability to perceive them more or less as we do (did). I don't think it's likely, just as I don't think it's likely that alien scientists will understand the messages on those gold-plated records on the Voyager capsules even if they DO find them and DO figure out the mechanism and DO understand that communication is intended. (Hell, even assuming they do all that, what will happen? I'm thinking they'll probably send us back some nice newly cut gold-plated records that no one on Earth will remember how to play!) The chimps aren't likely to take over. We didn't evolve from chimps and they aren't going to evolve into us. Chimps have evolved for other environments, other lifestyles than ours. They are cousins, not ancestors. Perhaps all the great apes are too specialised now, as well as too endangered, to derive any potential benefit from mutations that could lead to upright walking, complex abstract thought, manufacture and use of tools more dynamic than reshaped twigs and handy stones. Perhaps apes have to develop again on Earth, from the monkeys or the pro-simians. Eight million years? Ten? How long can the Empire State Building stand untended, or the British Museum, or even the Great Wall? Perhaps, in a dozen million years the whales will walk again. But will they be able to play the clarinet, eat the fruit of the trees we have tamed and grafted, talk to each other as we once did well enough to recognise human speech as language if, somehow, a recording survived? Is there time for a species with no written language to learn about letters before every last epitaph has worn off every last fallen tombstone, before every last rust-proof knife is buried so deep beneath the ruins of its town that no one will ever again squint to make out its 'Made in China' mark? Think of the wild children, the ones said to have been raised by wolves--did they ever learn to speak? Against all this is decay. There's limited time before paper breaks down, computer innards fill with dust, unsandbagged rivers flood, and cities begin to fall down, startling the sparrows picking for worms in the debris. If we're wiped out as a species tomorrow, there's still hope for us the next day--all our stuff remains, we can still be cloned from corpses, perhaps even grown out of frozen ova and sperm if some highly advanced salvage team can get to them before they thaw. In a month, a year, as a species we're beyond the point where return is possible, but everything we've done lives on. But not all that much longer than a month or a year. How long does it take for an ape to come down out of the trees and develop the ability to read? Five million years would be my ballpark figure. How far away is the nearest inhabited planet? How long is the journey? Will they know to get on their bikes tomorrow and warp over here? Things decay. In a mere five thousand years, we're even more distant memories than the ancient Greeks are to us today. With such a huge population spread so far across the planet, it seems likely that some of us will fossilise, so that some future archeologists from another world or another Earthly lineage may look at stones that were once bones and debate over what we ate, where we slept, whether we were capable of abstract thought. But that's all. The human race has to go on living, or else none of us gets remembered as more than scattered relics of stone and metal, vast healing scars upon the earth where huge cities once stood.

  • Уже не раз человечество вымирало. Потом для эксперимента брались другие виды животных и насекомых. Но ни разу,  никто,   никакого урока извлечь из опыты других не смог. По причине слабости ума.
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