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A question often asked here is 'What would take Man's place if he were to become extinct?'

This a twist on that question.

If Man were to become extinct, which other species, if any, might we take with us?


 

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What impact would Man's extinction have on other species?
« Reply #1 on: 10/11/2010 16:39:37 »
Domesticated animals would be some of the first to go, along with a large number of rats, cows, chickens etc. Some of the more wild dogs and cats might survive, but our extinction would most certainly decrease their population. We will also have to consider certain birds who's migratory patterns and natural survival we have somewhat messed up with bird feeders. There is also the possibility of oil rigs being damaged, along with any nuclear reactors which do not have an automatic shutoff, these could both lead to massive ecological disasters who's effects could be devastating.
 

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What impact would Man's extinction have on other species?
« Reply #2 on: 11/11/2010 10:34:05 »
The legacy of our technology could certainly be the cause of great problems, but I was thinking more on the lines of species which have come to depend on Man for there existence, either by choice/evolution or out of a need resulting in Man's actions.

For example, the Urban Fox has come to depend on Man and his messy ways for their food. Carelessly discarded takeaway meals and unprotected waste.

Garden birds (if you'll pardon the expression) which rely heavily on scraps and feeders.

Swifts and House Martins which, have used the eaves of our houses for nesting. The decline in the numbers of these birds has been attributed to modern houses not having eaves.

What do you think? What other species might be effected and to what extent?
 

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What impact would Man's extinction have on other species?
« Reply #2 on: 11/11/2010 10:34:05 »

 

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