It’s indeed true that sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. (Click through for full sized version.)
via xkcd: Land Mammals.
I’m sad for the wild animals.
Me too. It also makes me wonder what might happen if we ever all became vegetarians.
I love this xkcd post. You don’t really appreciate how thoroughly humans have conquered the planet, for better or worse, until you see something like this.
Yes, but we’re all mobile habitat for the true rulers of the planet:
“Basically, we are a walking bacterial colony.” – Professor Jeroen Raes, human microbiome researcher
“… bacteria are, and always have been, the dominant forms of life on Earth.” – Stephen Jay Gould
‘Planet of the Bacteria’
… and the bigger picture:
‘Total Animal Biodiversity’
‘Biodiversity’, Wilson 1988
Too true. And those true rulers will be here long after complex life has disappeared. As the sun heats up, they will be the last form of life around on Earth, as they were the first.
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