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    Default So ... what species is winning?

    So ....... Assuming every living thing on this planet is simply a vehicle for passing on our DNA to the next generation of each individual species

    Who or what organism on the earth is currently winning and has had the longest existance ?

    I would say the most successful species must be one of the dinosaurs that have survived, so possibly alligator or a bird species who's genetic make up is largely dinosaur-ish?

    Though Yorick might get in the top ten.
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    Default Re: So ... what species is winning?

    Bankers.

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    Cockroaches.
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    bacteria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yambo View Post
    bacteria
    So large multi celled organisms are not suited to long erm survival?
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    Default Re: So ... what species is winning?

    Answer: The species that have not yet been discovered - in particular those in the unexplored ocean depths.
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    Badgers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irn Bru Freak View Post
    So large multi celled organisms are not suited to long erm survival?
    I only wrote one word ffs and didn't even capitalise it. Define long term and I might try and answer your question but dinosaurs were large and multi celled organisms and they did OK in the long term although I'm not sure how long individual species were around.

    Of course, they didn't invent nuclear bombs or have an industrial revolution or any of that sort of stuff.

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    Gingers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irn Bru Freak View Post
    I would say the most successful species must be one of the dinosaurs that have survived, so possibly alligator or a bird species who's genetic make up is largely dinosaur-ish?
    I seem to recall that birds probably predate dinosaurs and that all modern lizards had a common ancestor with birds that post dates dinosaurs? Might be wrong though.

    For me, it would have to be something like a virus. They have a small genetic payload, utilise other organisms cells to replicate trillions of copies and then move on.

    Bit of a boring existence, not having any consciousness etc, but still a pretty effective DNA/RNA reproduction vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiki
    The largest living fungus may be a honey fungus of the species Armillaria ostoyae. A mushroom of this type in the Malheur National Forest in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, U.S. was found to be the largest fungal colony in the world, spanning 8.9 km˛ (2,200 acres) of area. This organism is estimated to be 2400 years old.

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    Default Re: So ... what species is winning?

    The answer is surely "all of us"...

    We're the winners overall, the losers are the millions of species (most of those which have ever exisited in fact) which have falled by the wayside.

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    I hate species to pieces !!! [/mrJinx]
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    Quote Originally Posted by NyseriA View Post

    Bit of a boring existence, not having any consciousness etc,
    Heh.

    Quite a lot of folk seem to find the consciousness trip a bore,judging by the numbers who regularly attempt to blot it out via the medium of alcohol and chemicals.

    It would appear,being lucid and aware at all times is too much to bear.

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    Default Re: So ... what species is winning?

    Snakes, spiders and africanised honey bees are evolving with stronger and stronger venoms and increasing their numbers dramatically. And the seas are rising and we're being forced closer together...

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