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