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If humankind was to die

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A_man_called_CHIOG  Male  South East London 11-Jul-2017 16:16 Message #4694869
If all humans were wiped out very quickly and only animals and insects were to remain. How would those animals evolve with cats, dogs and horses no longer pets, cows and sheep not being kept and fed by farmers. Would apes evolve to take control?
mancers  Male  Greater Manchester 11-Jul-2017 16:25 Message #4694872
The land would be full of turds.
RAACH84  Female  Buckinghamshire 11-Jul-2017 16:34 Message #4694875
What an amazing question and so much to think about and so many things could happen.

Cats and dogs would become feral and breed like wildfire. They would have to scavenge for food and the dogs would form into packs and attack other animals for food.
Argonaut  Male  Lancashire 11-Jul-2017 17:36 Message #4694887
Hang on a minute!

Don't it depend on what eradicated the humans?

If it was famine due to global warming (or something) then there wouldn't be many cows, sheep, horses, or even cats and dogs under those circumstances.

If it was a pathogen then bacteria and viruses have been known to jump species and could well affect the previously mentioned animals.

If it was a natural disaster, like a meteor strike, or a runaway volcano, then mass extinctions favour the smaller creatures like insects and small reptiles, mammals, and some fish - because they can easily find adequate shelter and don't require much in the way of food.

Just a few thoughts to throw into the discussion.

Templar2013  Male  South East London 11-Jul-2017 18:41 Message #4694892
If humankind has gone and all other life remains it would be interesting and would make a good book both fiction and non-fiction.
A lot of larger animals such as cattle and horses would serve no purpose and would be hunted by carnivores possibly including wild dogs.
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire 11-Jul-2017 20:05 Message #4694910
I think ants would take over - they are highly intelligent.
Templar2013  Male  South East London 11-Jul-2017 22:48 Message #4694934
The ants would survive easily but would never rule over the larger animals. My money would be on apes.
RAACH84  Female  Buckinghamshire 12-Jul-2017 06:33 Message #4694942
I would say the apes too. Clever enough to survive and breed and become more like humans?
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 12-Jul-2017 07:48 Message #4694950
Bees would make honey, then make a fortune selling it to the bears.

But it would give the bears more energy, and they might start throwing their weight around a bit. It might mean that the elephants need to step in.

Bees could also branch out and start making chutney for some extra dosh.
Andromeda  Female  Berkshire 12-Jul-2017 07:59 Message #4694953
I agree it was an amazing question Raach. I wonder if apes would evolve to replace humans. Have they done this once already?
BlackMark1  Male  Leicestershire 12-Jul-2017 11:48 Message #4694965
Domestic pets would soon get back into surviving in the wild. Horses, cattle and sheep would graze. I think dogs would be the worry in the uk as begin to kill for food.
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 12-Jul-2017 12:17 Message #4694966
Cats would grow opposable thumbs so as they could open their own tins, if there were small numbers of surviving humans then cats would conserve them in special homes were they would be expected to tickle visitors behind the ears as an attraction.

A_man_called_CHIOG  Male  South East London 13-Jul-2017 08:06 Message #4695055
If we believe that humans evolved from apes then it would logical to think that apes might do the same again? If you believe they ever did it before.
RAACH84  Female  Buckinghamshire 14-Jul-2017 06:25 Message #4695134
Millions of animals which are now kept fenced in would be roaming and breeding. Diseases such as rabies would return preventing the animal kingdom from growing to big.

Eventually the only evidence of man would be the plastic we left behind.
Madness102  Female  South Yorkshire 16-Jul-2017 04:58 Message #4695392
Tumbleweed - what is dosh to a bee ??

Your post really made me larf !!
barney  Male  Surrey 16-Jul-2017 11:48 Message #4695431
As Jason says if humankind was wiped out then probably so would the animals. The only thing that would survive are cockroaches, nothing kills them buggers.
AndyMacG  Male  the West Midlands 16-Jul-2017 11:56 Message #4695434
"As Jason Says, Said". ...

But what if the epidemic that wiped out human kind had no bearing whatsoever on any other life form on the planet is what i think the op is indicating and in that case and to be absolutely honest i really couldn't give a dam as i ain't liable to be around as is anyone else ;-) lol

Andy Mac
MAXIMUS  Male  Hampshire 26-Jul-2017 09:25 Message #4696430
As it's been mentioned it depends what wiped us out . Perhaps something will crawl out of the sea again and evolve , or aliens arrive and re-populate ... hopefully doing a much better job and treating the planet a lot better than the human race have .

A_man_called_CHIOG  Male  South East London 26-Jul-2017 10:33 Message #4696434
But lol. All humans disappeared very quickly leaving just the animals and insect life in good health!
capnblackbeard  Male  Hertfordshire 26-Jul-2017 13:03 Message #4696456
with the low sperm count news that could wipe out just humans,
my moneys on sausage cross pitbulls, :)
Templar2013  Male  South East London 26-Jul-2017 13:07 Message #4696459
I watched a documentary filmed around Chernobyl after the area had been evacuated and it was interesting how the wildlife and natural habitat thrived.
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire 26-Jul-2017 13:48 Message #4696468
so nice to see Maximus here again ...

V x
Andromeda  Female  Berkshire 26-Jul-2017 14:47 Message #4696480
I've seen programs that s about Chernobyl and wonders why the radioactive contamination didn't affect th animals and why the birds and animals didn't spread the contamination.

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