The world ten million years after the Jurassic crash was radically different than the world of the dinosaurs. The world after the Holocene extinction event, the one we are in now, will be as radically altered and most likely one of the species that will not survive the event will be the present dominant species -- the human species.
In a way, the Holocenic extinction event could also be called the "Holocenic hominid collective suicide event."
After all, we Homo sapiens are the last survivors of the hominid line, a group that has been on its way out for some time. The beetle family, for example, has some 700,000 species by comparison. Odds are many of the beetle species will survive the event, whereas we will not.
(Via Reality Carnival.)
Sunday, May 13, 2007
The Beginning of the End for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?