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Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:16 AM

When we're gone and the next organized evolved sentient species looks back into the fossil recordů

I wonder what they'll think of us.

It probably won't be too favorable an opinion.

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Reply When we're gone and the next organized evolved sentient species looks back into the fossil recordů (Original post)
MrScorpio Mar 2013 OP
Jackpine Radical Mar 2013 #1
demwing Mar 2013 #3
Viva_La_Revolution Mar 2013 #4
demwing Mar 2013 #2
muriel_volestrangler Mar 2013 #5
OldDem2012 Mar 2013 #6
Jackpine Radical Mar 2013 #7
nadinbrzezinski Mar 2013 #8
Jackpine Radical Mar 2013 #9
nadinbrzezinski Mar 2013 #12
Tierra_y_Libertad Mar 2013 #10
talkingmime Mar 2013 #11

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:22 AM

1. I dunno--it's our environmental disasters that will

have cleared the way for their evolution. Like it took the extinction of the dinosaurs (& a whole lot of other species) to create Lebensraum for the mammals.

The two main differences with the dinosaur analogy are, first, that we will have fallen due to our own environmental impact, not requiring a meteor fall to end us, and we will have taken a lot more species with us than the meteor did.

I'm betting the cockroaches will make it, though. And God knows what they might evolve into in a few tens of millions of years.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:29 AM

3. "God knows what they might evolve into"

Greys?

What ever they are, they won't begrudge us the environment, because whatever we do that kills us off also makes way for them.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:41 AM

4. they'll be grateful for our foolishness

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:24 AM

2. That depends on what about us survives us.

Those human reminders that are the least complementary are often also the most superficial and temporary.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:44 AM

5. My guess is they'll find a lot of reinforced concrete

and an obvious mass extinction, with an explosion of humans and farm/domesticated animals just before it. Which won't look great.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 10:54 AM

6. Give it a couple of million years and a few ice ages where glaciers grind everything to dust...

....and there will be very little remaining, if anything, of the human infection left in the historical record. Rust and other geologic processes will take care of the rest.

We'll be very lucky if we've found other worlds to exploit by the time we're eradicated from this one.

Heck, we're lucky to find a few bones of dinosaurs and we still don't know exactly how they looked.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 11:24 AM

7. Yup--after all, think of how little evidence remains

of Atlantis!


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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 11:26 AM

8. At the speed evolution works

Not much...it took quite a while for us to understand dinosaurs...and it is mostly academic interest. I suspect a similar affair.

One more piece of data, from the record...a single species has an average 100,000 years on the stage...and humans are still evolving into the next thing.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 02:26 PM

9. We may not be the ancestors of "the next thing."

This naked ape thing may be playing itself out into an evolutionary dead end.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 05:01 PM

12. that. might very well

Be the case

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 02:27 PM

10. They'll probably use us as fairytale bogeymen to scare their kids.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2013, 02:28 PM

11. They'll be confused trying to figure out what all the cell phones and iGadgets were for.

 

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