Evolution has always been described as an arms race. The predator evolves a form that makes them more adapt at catching a prey, and the prey in turn evolves to avoid the predator. For millions of years there has always been this equilibrium, where no species is really the “king” of everything that totally dominates all.
But humans seem to defy that. We have the capabilities to wipe out virtually every species on this planet, with the exception of possibly bacteria and other single-celled organisms that live in the extreme environments. But even then, we have the capabilities to alter our environments so much that no other species can (ex. global warming, deforestation, ocean pollution…etc). In the past, no creatures could upset this equilibrium of “power” between species. The T-rex may have been the top predator of the dinosaurs, but he doesn’t have the capability to wipe out every other dinosaurs. In fact, palaeontologists describe the bigger dinosaurs like Argentinosaurs as being more powerful than T-rex.
But now humans have the power to change so much. In fact, if we fire every nuclear bomb on this planet, toxify all the soil and ruin the atmosphere, I think we can kill every living thing on this planet, and make it just as inhabitable as the other planets in this solar system.
It always puzzles me how we evolved to gain such power, when no other species have even come close. What happen to the equilibrium?
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