Posted 10 August 2003 - 07:52 PM
Evolution by definition is:"1) : a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state 4 b : a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations"(thanks be to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary)
Our intelligence was gained through our evolution. The earliest predecessors of man kind were simply the quickest to adapt and overcome, as well as the larger brain cpacity we have over other animals. If it wasn't for that meteor(or wide spread disease, or over population....or over predation......)that killed off the Dinosuars it's very well possible that they could have evolved into quicker thinking, more tactically thinking beings. Since life began on earth it has had a dominant species. Evolution caused the dinosaurs to evolve into massive beasts, allowed to do so because of the current habitat (endless, lush forests....generally warm climate throughout the majority of the world..plenty of food for everything, vast fields, immense oceans and lakes and swamps teaming with all sorts of life). The dinosaurs stayed on top by staying on the top of the food chain, with help due to thier generally massive size. Yes, there were tiny ones but they were more like scavangers and are believed to have traveled in large packs. The mid-sized hunters are said to have hunted in packs. After the dinosaurs were wiped out mammals started doing thier thing and it was intelligence, not size or speed or strength that led to the evolution of a new dominant species...Man. We have pretty much taken over the entire world, yes there are remote areas but most have been touched/tainted by humanity. We're really preventing other species from evolving because we're taking thier resources to use as our own and changing thier habitat to benefit ourselves. Therefore the possability that another species or race has evolved to a state of intelligence like our own is highly unlikely. BUT that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened.
"The most elusive creature known to man kind is the one not yet discovered"-Forgot who said it.
By the way, I hope that didn't make me sound like some kind of animal rights tree hugger nut. Because I'm not.
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