Think humans will be part of the next mass extinction if there is one?

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  1. StephenA

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    I was watching a show on Discovery Science earlier called Extinction Files. They were going through all the mass extinctions throughout Earth's history. Some of the scientists and such were saying how an average species only has a span of existance on Earth of between 1 and 10 million years, and that if and when the next mass extinction happens, that the main species to thrive afterwards would be roaches, rats, and weeds. So it it got to me thinking if humans would be able to adapt and/or evolve, would become extinct, or already be inhabiting other planets and not have to worry about the extinction. So what do you guys/gals think?
     
  2. Bruce Hedtke

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    I think humans will cause the next mass extinction.

    Bruce
     
  3. Dennis Nicholls

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    I think we could save a representative sample, perhaps in some of our deeper mineshafts. With a ratio of 10 females to each male, we could work our way back up to the current GNP within a few decades......
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    barring some unforseen event (read: big-ass asteroid suddenly plowing into us) we should be okay.
    if nothing else, mankind (oops..not very pc. how 'bout humankind) is very resilient. when faced with life-threatening options, we'll think of some way to save our butts.
    but i wonder....10 million years is quite a long time. i sort of agree with bruce's very optimistic [​IMG] view...i hope we don't f it up too bad!
     
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    10 to 1 AND mass extinction...i like those odds, sign me up[​IMG]
     
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    I'm certain homo-sapiens will be extinct in 10 million years. It will by that time have been replaced by homo-superior or some other new and improved human.
     
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    Man I can't handle one girlfriend, let alone 10. No thanks [​IMG]
     
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    Humans are a virus for this planet, and they will be cleansed from it one way or the other. I see an extinction level event not dissimilar to what happened in Deep Impact. Assuming the planet is still alive it would be interesting as to what species would be taking over top spot. I have heard other theorists claim that bees would do it.
     
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    "It's already begun."
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    I had a discussion about this with friends. I don't think its too far of a stretch to think that we'll wipe ourselves out in the next couple hundred years.

    All it takes is one psycho with the right toys.

    Only 50 years ago was the hydrogen bomb developed, think about what we may have in another 50-100 years?
     
  12. Jason Wilcox

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    we blow up the planet with H-bombs or something new like mark said....i could imagine some country testing some new bomb and wiping out everyone by accident....an asteroid or comet hits the earth....or some new disease wipes us out (though that would probably leave a small percentage of the population a la 12 Monkeys)

    i think we can easily handle an ice-age...
     
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    We need to get off this stupid rock.
     
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    Vickie, amen to that! [​IMG]
     
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    The exponential growth of computing power would suggest that within 200-300 years there will be a population of AI machines, and perhaps more sinister wider range of lower IQ machines, like virus and bacteria, roaches, etc, that reach the level where they can self replicate. Human life becomes teritiary then unnecessary - along with all other carbon based life.

    By 1,000 years the planet can be devoid of all carbon life forms unless the silicon,metal based life forms retreat to the moon and other near earth satelites they construct and keep Earth as a zoo for their amusement and curiosity.
     
  17. Jason Wilcox

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    super volcano? details details!?

    are we talking something that would put krakatoa to shame?
     
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    "The last mass extinctions were a great success. There will be fewer, but better humans."
     
  20. Vickie_M

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    Here's another nice page about Supervolcanoes, most specifically the one at Yellowstone.
    The transcript at that BBC web site is worth reading. The Discovery Channel has played that documentary several times and it's worth keeping an eye out for.
     

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