How do humans know that we've only discovered a fraction of the species on Earth? And how is that possible given we're 8 billion strong?

As you explore, you expect to stop finding new things. You expect the rate of discovery to go down. For example, nobody is about to find a new continent on Earth or new planet in the solar system.With species, the rate of discovery isn't slowing down. Blog post:

Are humans considered an invasive species?

Humans were created in tropical and subtropical areas of the planet, and should ideally have stayed there. Outside of tropics, the hairless ape needs all manner of fuel and technology to acquire foods and shelter which are ultimately very taxing on the ecosystem. This is why the problem of ‘energy' is so

What species were close to extinction but human intervention has saved them?

The famed Tasmanian Devil is hopefully on that path.They are almost extinct unfortunately/heading towards rapid extinction.Most of the species last I checked a few months ago, basically had transferable/contagious face cancer. (over 80% of the remaining species)It is transmutable by blood.Wolverines fight a lot and scratch each others faces up, so it spread very rapidly

Which species would be most likely to make humans extinct?

Thanks for the A2A, but as others have said the most likely candidate would be humans themselves. We are apex predators and not in danger of being hunted to extinction. I suppose it's possible that some sort of insect-borne disease or other plague

If humans were pets/zoo animals to an alien species what would our care requirements and enclosure be like?

Humans aren't very human sometimes.We don't have a very good record with respect to zoos and domestic animal treatment.Let's hope these aliens are somewhat more advanced and more conscious than we are, or have been. Enough advanced that we would

Has any species of animal become extinct solely due to human wars?

The Japanese Sea Lion was killed off for multiple reasons Including war. Every part of Its body was used to make simple home supplies like Brushes, Leather, and pipe cleaning supplies. During the Second world war, the last colony was killed of from habitat loss.when the maritime battles of the Second World War destroyed the

Assuming robots become the dominant species in the future, will they also create something else that will then become the new dominant species?

Sci fi often has the robots creating human like beings often made of organic flesh. It is from our inherent belief in the superiority of organic life. The robots ultimately want to be just like us, only better. They want to feel, to have real

Which is the most damaging alien plant species in New Zealand?

Clematis vitalba is a noxious vine that kills forests. NZ listed this as a dominant and nasty invasion.

Who says humans are the dominant species?

Humans do. We look at our way of dominating, and feel intuitively that it is the way to do so, the way to succeed as a species.The humble ant, whose species outnumbers our own by an intimidating margin, might disagree if only her method of dominating the ecosystem involved being

How long will the human species last? What are the main barriers to the survival of our species? Have there been previously dominant species that were completely exterminated?

Some version of the human race will survive. Homo Sapiens, modern humans, have prevailed for about 50,000 years. Our immediate predecessors were the Neanderthals. The Denisovans, a variation on Neanderthals, did not last long. Neanderthals lived inEorope and in other places around the globe for about 500,000 years. Built for strength, cold living conditions and resistance to many diseases.

How much longer does the human species have until it goes extinct?

Indefinite. We have technology, so everything has changed.There are two ways for a species to perish: be displaced from your ecological niche or the niche vanishes. (As when a lake or forest vanishes, or the entire antarctic froze.)We could only be displaced if we developed something that could. Hostile robots, or

Do you think emotions benefit humans as a species?

The absolute most primitive and simple emotion is making a decision

How did the first species survive on Earth?

Presumably, the first species of life was the first self-replicating cell to organize out of a soup of organic matter. This primitive organism would not survive today because it was poorly formed and any modern competitor would quickly destroy it. Let's call this first

When did the human species come to earth?

The Genesis account and some key dates in the reign of Solomon (mentioned in the book of Kings) put the date of the Flood of Noah's day in the year 2370 BC, and the creation of Adam in the year 4026 BC.

What would the world be like if extinct species were still alive?

Kind of hard to answer.It depends on if we go back to the very beginning and ensure no species ever goes extinct, or if under the current conditions they suddenly popped into existence.Under the first condition, the world would be full of the first organisms, because in order for them

Which fictional alien species would you want to be a member of and why?

Klingon or Andorian.Most of the Klingons are honorable. On Earth, right now there is Klingon language and people who actually spoke Klingon! How cool is that? :)IMO the Andorians are the perfect combination of strength, scientific knowledge and... fun.

Why did Data want to be human instead of other species in Star Trek?

For one thing, Data was built by a human with an inate desire to strive to be human. This was a fundamental aspect of his programming. Perhaps if he had been built by another race he would have striven for that.The second thing was after Data

Are humans considered to be invasive species?

While I am a human (full disclosure) I PURPOSELY had no children, as I know we've ALREADY destroyed the world's ability to support us, we just haven't noticed yet.Humans have less than 100 years left, and then the biosphere will no longer support us.It is therefore immoral to have children, by anyone, anywhere anymore.

What species of snakes causes the most deaths?

This article:Deadliest Snakes | Most Venomous SnakesIndicates the

Are humans the newest species?

No. There was a report in a magazine recently of a species which appears to have split within the last ten years. Though we don't see them, probably thousands of new species are formed every year. The will not compensate, however, for the tens of thousands going extinct. Most small stuff, insects,

What if wolves were the dominant species on Earth?

The world would have to be necessarily devoid of humans. Before any misanthropes come up and laud this as a wonderful scenario, consider the fact that it would also have to be a world without big cats, as tigers and lions supress wild dog populations, including wolves (at least in the case of the former).

Which species would be most likely to make humans extinct?

Thanks for the A2A, but as others have said the most likely candidate would be humans themselves. We are apex predators and not in danger of being hunted to extinction. I suppose it's possible that some sort of insect-borne disease or other plague

Why are humans the most interesting animal species?

Well, they are most interesting to us because we are they. The more we learn about what it truly means to be human, the more we understand about ourselves - our drives, our needs, our sorrows, our delights and joys. I'm not sure that

Why do individual humans get upset by the idea of humans dying off as a species? We all die as individuals anyway. What is the difference?

There are a variety of reasons.Mostly it's because the instinct to survive exists subordinate to the instinct to pass on one's genes to the next generation. The whole reason you have a survival instinct is because if you die, you can't

What are some of the monumental obstacles, that humans will have to overcome, in the coming years, if we are to survive as a species?

I don't think there are any monumental obstacles facing humanity. (Except for one very important threat, which I will mention at the end of this answer.)The world as a whole is getting more prosperous. And with the continued exponential growth in technology, which makes almost everything less expensive,

What is the creepiest tree species in the world?

What's creepier than a tree that smells like Sex!

If human evolution could be reversed, what's the oldest species we would find and how did it come into existence?

Evolution can't be reversed, but if you traced back the tree of life, eventually you'd get back to an organism that scientists call

What were all the species in Middle-earth?

They were the same as those of northwestern Europe a long time ago, with some oddball fantasy outliers such as Elves, Dwarves, dragons and Ents. But Middle-Earth uses fairy-tale genetics, in which practically anything can breed with anything else. Saruman bred orcs and

How did humans survive amongst a vast variety of species? Which species are the most dominant after humans?

Dominance depends on how you measure it. For instance, your intestine is completely full of bacteria. If you could get rid of all of it, well, you can't. It helps you digest food. Does that mean it's dominating you?This question is asking how did we

Can we bring an extinct human species back to life?

Probably not. I don't think we have any intact DNA from any other homonin species. We don't have the technology at this point to reconstruct degraded DNA from long-extinct animals, and we can't be 100% sure we ever will.Then there's the ethical consideration. What would the status of another homonin species be?

Are humans the most important species?

Depends on how you define

What species were close to extinction but human intervention has saved them?

The famed Tasmanian Devil is hopefully on that path.They are almost extinct unfortunately/heading towards rapid extinction.Most of the species last I checked a few months ago, basically had transferable/contagious face cancer. (over 80% of the remaining species)It is transmutable by blood.Wolverines fight a lot and scratch each others faces up, so it spread very rapidly

Was it intelligence or survival instincts that lead to humans becoming the most dominant species in the planet?

It is said that a complex language system is what set humans apart from all other species. Language allowed us to communicate complex ideas and even pass it down through generations. Grass and animals helped develop our human world as this lead to farming and irrigation which improved our survival even in

If humans were pets/zoo animals to an alien species what would our care requirements and enclosure be like?

Humans aren't very human sometimes.We don't have a very good record with respect to zoos and domestic animal treatment.Let's hope these aliens are somewhat more advanced and more conscious than we are, or have been. Enough advanced that we would

Are humans the only species that laugh?

Laughter in animals other than humans describes animal behavior which resembles human laughter.Numerous species demonstrate vocalizations similar to human laughter. A significant proportion of these are mammals, including non-human primates, which suggests that the neurological functions involved in expressing cheer occurred early in the process of mammalian evolution.Non-human apes

How did humans become the dominant species?

It started with either self awareness or the broadening of our diet I think. which came first is hard to say as there is evidence to suggest when we broadened our diet but not for when we became self aware. Self awareness led

How common is it that a virus can mutate to a species relatively dissimilar to the host?

Do you mean that a virus isn't in any way similar to its host? Well that's always the case - hence it's a virus, as opposed to cannibalism. Or do you mean that a virus could change one species to another, dissimilar one? Well I'm not sure if

Is there any possibility that a species more intelligent than human exists on earth?

I think, there is an invisible lifeform which is also more intelligent than humans. Like many lifeforms feed on each other on earth, this one feeds on humans. When their feeding time comes they eat, but not same as we do. They suck our life energy and we think we just died.

What other Earth species besides humans might extraterrestrial visitors initiate first contact with?

It is possible that extraterrestrial life would contact whatever life here is most similar to themselves, under the assumption that intellectual life on other planets would be like them. It is also likely that alien life from a comparable planet would look similar to the most common body type here on earth

Do you think technology is making us a weaker species?

It's something to be mindful of. Have you heard the phrase

If every animal suddenly gained human intelligence, while human intelligence decreased to dog-like levels, which species would ultimately dominate?

It's difficult to picture such a scenario. What if the other animals were intelligent as humans and instead humans were primitive? The carnivores would still need to eat meat and the herbivores numbers would still need to be regulated in order to preserve the natural resources. Of course, animals smart as humans

Could humans survive as the only species on the planet?

No, we'd probably die inside a week. The human body maintains a symbiotic relationship with several species of bacteria. In fact, the average human body contains more bacteria cells than human cells. The death of these bacteria would have a devestating impact on our survival.Gut flora - Wikipedia