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  • It'll be another primate, looks like Planet of the Apes was right!

    7 17.07%
  • Cockroaches will finally get their crunchy wiggly chance!

    4 9.76%
  • Pigs.. they are very clever, and smell like guys, too.

    0 0%
  • Bears, large and omnivorous and with intelligence to match

    3 7.32%
  • Whales/dolphins will rule the seas (and the earth)

    2 4.88%
  • Crabs will form a beach based society (cf Science of Discworld)

    0 0%
  • The big reptiles will get another go, Jurassic Park was great, I want it for real

    3 7.32%
  • Plants finally get their go. Era of the Triffids beckons.

    7 17.07%
  • No-one, this was our planets one chance at organised creative societies

    11 26.83%
  • Other - please post

    13 31.71%
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    Lallygag Moderator Geoff's Avatar
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    Default If the human race disappeared, who would inherit the earth?

    In one of my random speculative moods I've been pondering about the extinction of the human race.

    It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that we accidentally loose an engineered virus that selectively wipes out the human race, leaving the infrastructure and planet available for future evolution.

    This has been the pattern throughout history... some event comes along and wipes out the dominant species, and leaves the planet waiting to be inherited. Geologists believe us in the throws of the Anthropecene, the human era, so we are ripe to be replaced, and we are at the average length of survival for a complex species. In any case, morbidity aside this is just for fun...

    I'm thinking it will probably be a large mammal, and one that is omnivorous or carnivorous for aggression, brain size and other factors... perhaps a Bear.. or pigs (they are kind of clever). Perhaps another primate will rise to the challenge; after all, the bonobo - that's a chimp not a U2 band member - is scarily human like in its tribal outlook and aggression levels.

    Cockroaches could finally get their chance, particularly if there was an environmental disaster.

    Perhaps some kind of sea based society for the dolphins and whales.

    What do you think? This is not too serious a thread, amusing banter welcome, but not for too long off topic, thanks!

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    All our cats will rule the world.



    They're running just like you
    For you, and I, wooo
    So people, people, need some good ol' love

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    Depending on how far technology has advanced, it may simply be our computers/robots that take over, maintaining themselves somehow. Barring that, I'm guessing that several insects, birds, plants, and possibly animals would simply use the remnants our cities for themselves until they eventually degraded back into a natural state. (which could take thousands if not millions of years in some cases.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Depending on how far technology has advanced, it may simply be our computers/robots that take over, maintaining themselves somehow. Barring that, I'm guessing that several insects, birds, plants, and possibly animals would simply use the remnants our cities for themselves until they eventually degraded back into a natural state. (which could take thousands if not millions of years in some cases.)
    In seriousness, that was my first thought.

    Still, it would be cool if our cats ran the world.
    They're running just like you
    For you, and I, wooo
    So people, people, need some good ol' love

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    Well do humans really own the world as it is? It seems like a lot of what we do is conducive with our own self destruction. We tend to overthink, a beautiful human activity; but also an extremely dangerous one when used in a truly chaotic world.

    My bet'd be on plants, all the Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere lends itself to future glory

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    I'll go with Athenian and say Robots. AI springs to mind.
    Time is a delicate mistress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mempy View Post
    In seriousness, that was my first thought.

    Still, it would be cool if our cats ran the world.
    I'td certainly be an interesting society. Ever watched the early series of Red Dwarf? In this the cat character is descended from a kitten in statis and develops an entire society in the hold of a spaceship. Interesting idea...

    It has some merit though... imagine the prey running short on the african plains, and the lions having to do more than laze around all day yawning... intelligence beckons!

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    Rats.

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    not to sound pessimistic (and to prove that I've taken a few too many classes on global climate change ) I don't think that humans are going to leave the world useable enough for anything else to inherit it.

    Who will take over when humans are gone? Rocks- that'll be about all that's left :sad:
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    Believe me Whatever that it's rats (and mice )!

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