I think we can all agree that we're at the top. We have weapons and superior brain development.
But let's take away our weapons and our clothes and all other man-made things we have created to survive. Just the human, in its natural form - no houses, no guns, no knives, no spears.
Where would a completely natural human being be on the food chain?
We certainly wouldn't still be at the top. But where would we be? Pick apart the human form and compare it to those of other animals. Our strength to weight ratio. Our height to weight ratio (let's assume that "wild" humans would all be at the peak of natural fitness for a human), our bone structures, our teeth, our senses, our body's natural protection.
Where would we be? Would we be up there with apex predators like the big cats? Would we be akin to the gorillas? Would we be even with grazing herd animals? Would we be even lower?
What do you think?
A study was done on this once Link
It compared humans to other animals based on diet. Do you agree? Should they have factored in other things? If humans changed their diets do you think they'd have scored higher?
Most Helpful Guy
I have to assume you actually mean where would we be without our intelligence as merely taking our tools away still leaves our ability to know or figure out how to make them in tact.
You are essentially asking the question of once we reached the fork in the road of evolution between the common ancestors of the apes and current human beings, where would we be if we didn't evolve into the superior intellect, top of the food chain version of our current human civilization?
We would still be apes. Without our intellect, a lot of the adaptive features we took on through evolution wouldn't have occurred.0
Most Helpful Girl
Honestly, I'm not sure exactly where. I mean, our teeth aren't very sharp, we don't have claws, some of us can run fast, others can't. We don't have night vision, sensitive hearing and smelling. If we had to rely on our own bodies to kill and defend ourselves, I'm sure we wouldn't last long. Our diets would mainly have to consist of plants, which isn't bad, and small animals, I suppose, like mice. Much larger animals, like cows, are much too big to rip apart with our embarrassingly small finger nails, which are prone to breaking if they get too long.
And humans are the only species who need to cook their meat in order to digest it. I think this fact alone gives away that we certainly wouldn't be at the top, but rather closer to the bottom.0