After Dinosaurs and Humans, which species do you think will be next?
- Other Species20%(10)26%(21)Vote35%(11)
- No other creature will dominate the earth after humans13%(7)17%(14)Vote23%(7)
Most Helpful Girl
Evolved Parrots :P
Most Helpful Guy
I won't count machines as they're not a "species" nor aliens as their existence is not proven.
I choose trees. Since they give us oxygen, medicines, store carbon, stabilise the soil, protect ozone layer and give life to the world's wildlife. They are the real MVP. So underrated. But I think you want an answer related to fauna, not flora.
The possible species I can think of are :-
Octopuses are dexterous and intelligent. They could create a language using gestures and changing colors fostering their evolution. Using hands, they'd create tools in future. But, they can't live outside of the water and can't use fire. If all glaciers melted and the land is covered by water killing all terrestrial animals, they have a chance but not quite much.
Water Bears can survive in goddamned space! What if the whole Earth exploded or absorbed by sun and they managed to make it to space and find another planet. But the probability is lesser than my grandma getting six pack abs.
Crows can make tools using wires and leaves. What if they'll be creating missiles the time we all be dead? And they have some sort of language too. But seriously, they don't have hands and they are scared of scarecrows. They also like money (shiny things) like us which will kill them.
Cockroaches have been around since before the dinosaurs. They breed rapidly. A female can produce upwards of 300 to 400 offspring in her lifetime, and offspring mature in three to four months. A decapitated cockroach can live for a week until it starves to death so, they can share their brain to preserve their technology too. But they do nothing beyond eating, crapping, and making more roaches. If they had to dominate, they'd have done it before us.
Ant are underground rulers. There are many more ants than there are humans and their biomass is greater than humans. They work together and their military swarms and could kill anyone. They have strength and could create forts. Super dangerous.
Rats are hardy, tenacious and ubiquitous. They can learn easily and are social animals. They can resist various infections and spread it among other animals too. The chances are high. Runner-up!
The winner is bacteria. Who says the world is dominated by humans? Bacteria was and always will rule the world. Much of our own weight is bacterial and they are keeping US alive. What if they were just using us for technological development?