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a question on evolution

Postby adithya528 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:27 am

Why did species other than humans fail to have a successful evolution?
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Postby biohazard » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:42 am

I think nematodes have had much more successful evoltuion than humans. There are way much more nematodes in the world than humans, and they have been here aeons before humans and they'll probably survive much longer than the whole human race.

Nematodes make humans look quite amateurs.

Also, I think squids are more successful than humans, because they can dive very deep without any diving apparatuses, but humans can not. And squids do not suffer from appendicitis or wisdom teeth.
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Re: a question on evolution

Postby Dougalbod » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:01 pm

Any species that is not extinct is by definition successful in evolutionary terms.
Those species that are now extinct were unsuccesful - they were unable to respond to changes in their environment.

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Postby mith » Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:47 pm

Look at pandas, blame their diet.
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Re: a question on evolution

Postby robsabba » Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:03 pm

adithya528 wrote:Why did species other than humans fail to have a successful evolution?

I think this question comes from a misunderstanding of "success" in terms of evolution. Success may be measured as adaptation to one's ecological niche. In such terms, every species is "a success." Dolphins are better swimmers than us, eagles are better fliers, etc. We could also look at the success of bacteria. They could be considered more successful than us based on: total biomass, number of individuals, number of species, number of ecolgical niches occupied, length of time on earth, etc. When it comes down to it, every species that is around today is a result of "successful" evolution.
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