Millions of years ago, the world of life on earth, rich in species, finally gave birth to intelligent life human beings. The emergence of mankind has also completely changed the future of the earth. Since its birth, mankind has quickly defeated other creatures by relying on wisdom, becoming the new hegemon of the earth, and forming human civilization 10,000 years ago.
When human beings enter the era of civilization, we are even higher. In the eyes of human beings, other creatures on the earth are small and insignificant, especially those low-level creatures, such as microorganisms, fungi, and plants. In the eyes of humans, these low-level creatures are too trash, and they are not as powerful and noble as humans.
Is that really the case? Are humans the most powerful creatures on earth? Can humans be superior to other creatures? Many people may think that human beings are intelligent life, the hegemon of the earth, and now they have entered the age of science and technology. Therefore, we are the strongest, smartest, and most powerful advanced creatures on earth, but this is not the case in reality.
There are millions of different kinds of life in the earth’s biological world. Although their biological forms are not as advanced as humans, and they have no wisdom, but when it comes to being powerful and powerful, humans may not be able to compare with some low-level life that we despise. To this end, scientists use three examples to tell us the answer.
1. Ants use pheromone to control unfamiliar ants. I believe everyone is familiar with low-level creatures like ants, which are very small in the eyes of humans. We often use ants to form small things, so are ants really weak? I’m afraid it will disappoint many people. In fact, ants are very powerful.
We all know that the ant is a strong man in the biological world, it can easily lift food several times heavier than its own body. This kind of performance of a Hercules cannot be done by other creatures, and even humans cannot. In the human world, it is already very good for a person to be able to easily lift objects that are as heavy as oneself. Even so, humans cannot hold objects as heavy as their own bodies for a long time.
But ants can easily carry food several times their body weight and keep moving forward. In addition to extremely powerful mechanics, ants have another more powerful skill, which is to control other unfamiliar ants by releasing pheromone. Ants are social creatures. I believe everyone knows that, like bees, they have a very clear division of labor and order.
There is a blood-red forest ant in the ant race. They fight more powerfully. They also like to launch aggressive wars and enslave the ant members of other tribes. How do they do it? In the beginning, the ant tribe will send a few scouts out to infiltrate and invade the target tribe.
These scouting ants are extraordinary. They release a propaganda pheromone that can cause panic among the enemies, and can also control the target ants, make them defect and become their own slaves. Finally, by combining the inside with the outside, a tribe of ants fell. After victory, the ant will act in a cynic manner, turning the enslaved child into his own loyal guard, and transferring other people’s eggs to his nest.
In the world of blood red forest ants, there seems to be a court struggle similar to human beings. Some ants are blinded by their thirst for power. Therefore, there will be situations where a new queen enters the lair to attack and replace the old queen. They will fake the pheromone of the old queen and force the new servant to take care of the offspring.
It can be seen that, in our eyes, small ants are also so unusual, even stronger than humans in some aspects. Fortunately, ants are very small. If they reproduce the glory of the giant insect era hundreds of millions of years ago, it may not be humans that dominate the earth now, but it may be the low-level and weak ants in the eyes of humans.
2. Mushrooms competing for resources are not unfamiliar to everyone. It is a kind of fungus and a common life in nature. Humans also like to eat mushrooms, which are a kind of food in people’s daily life. Of course, there are many types of mushrooms, and some mushrooms are poisonous and cannot be eaten.
Mushrooms are very low-level in the eyes of humans. They are our daily food, but few people can think of it. Mushrooms are a very domineering life, they are robbing humans of the earth’s resources. Some people may think that mushrooms are so low-level, what can they do to snatch the earth’s resources from humans? If you think so, you are wrong.
Scientists have found that mushrooms are no less capable of destroying the natural environment than humans. We all know that the growth rate of mushrooms and other fungi is very amazing. Sometimes after a rain, a large number of mushrooms will appear in the forest, and the growth of mushrooms is also very domineering. The underground will be connected into a network, spreading over the entire area. forest.
There is a forest fungus in Michigan in the United States, which is considered by scientists to be the largest fungus in the world. The size of these mushrooms is not reflected in their size, but in their wide coverage, weighing more than 400 tons. According to scientists’ analysis, this mushroom is at least “more than 2500 years old”. And such a large group of mushrooms are all derived from one spore, so it can be considered the largest fungus in the world. Their coverage area is calculated by scientists, and its area is equivalent to 80 football fields, and about 2,000 elephants are stacked on top of each other.
This fungus feeds on tree roots and can be divided into two parts: fruit body and mycelium. The fruit body is the “small mushroom” on the ground. The mycelium creates a huge hyphal network beneath the surface. According to researchers from the University of Toronto, this fungus can damage the root tissue of trees and cause great harm to the forest.
There are still many mushrooms of this huge style in forests all over the world. Fortunately, humans will clean up some of them from time to time. Now with the human nature of eating food, it is difficult for the mushroom race to develop and grow. If humans don’t eat mushrooms and don’t care about the growth and development of mushrooms in nature, it will not take many years before the world’s forests will be occupied by mushrooms.
3. The acacia tree that will hire bodyguards, also known as: Taiwan Acacia, Taiwan Willow, Acacia, is a very fast-growing plant. Maybe many people have low-level understanding of plants. Although microorganisms are also very low-level in human eyes, we still pay more attention to microorganisms. The reason is that bacteria and viruses can threaten human health and life.
But for plants, humans are completely indifferent, but in the earth’s natural ecosystem, plants occupies an important position. In a sense, only the existence of plants will the existence of mammals and the existence of mammals. The existence of human beings. Without plants, the Earth’s ecosystem will collapse and become a desolate planet like Mars.
There are many types of plants on the earth, and there is a very special plant called acacia. Its special feature is to hire bodyguards to protect itself. I believe many friends understand that in the human world, some rich and famous people hire security personnel for their own safety, and many companies also have their own security teams.
But no one would have thought that plants would also spend money to hire bodyguards to protect themselves. Acacia is so special. So who is the bodyguard hired by Acacia? Everyone knows this bodyguard, and we have introduced it above, they are tiny ants. Regarding ants, through some explanations just now, I believe that my friends all know that this is a very powerful creature, but because their size is too small, they have little strength overall.
Although ants are insignificant in the eyes of humans, in the eyes of other mammals, they are a group of unprovoked existences. Acacia hires ants. Naturally, it needs some benefits, and ants will not do things that are not good. So what did the acacia tree pay? In fact, there are two contributions, one is to provide a comfortable thorn residence for the ants, and the other is to provide the ants with sweet nectar.
For living things, the temptation of living environment and food is very big, it is precisely because the acacia tree provides a generous reward, so the ants are also willing to become their bodyguards. There are many ants living on the acacia tree. These ants act as their personal guards. Once a mammal approaches the acacia, the ants will bite them violently.
Although the ants are very small, they can’t hold up their numbers. We have all heard stories about ants killing elephants. It can be seen that once ants have formed a scale, any mammal will be afraid. It is with the protection of ants that the acacia tree will not be harmed by some animals and can grow rapidly.
Through the above three examples, we can see that there are too many extraordinary creatures in the natural biological world. Human beings are only a member of this biological world. Although they are intelligent life and the hegemon of the earth, they are not the most extraordinary creatures on the earth. Strong presence. There are many creatures that can easily threaten the health and survival of human beings. Take the bacteria and viruses that we can’t see for example. If we are not careful, they will kill us.
And although human beings are technological civilizations, there is still no way to deal with many bacteria and viruses. Once infected by them, we can only wait for the arrival of death. Therefore, human beings cannot be proud. We must respect life, value any life, and cannot look down on other low-level lives. Blindness and arrogance are very detrimental to the development and continuation of the entire human civilization. It is possible that in the infinite future, it is the low-level life that we look down on that will end humanity.