Humans have evolved from mammals, and mammals have been born a long time ago, and can even be traced back to the era when dinosaurs were born. The rise of mammals has the basis for the birth of mankind, and the ancestors of mankind are also very powerful. The ancient apes completed the evolution of wisdom in just a few million years.
Mankind has become the overlord of the earth, opened the age of civilization, and entered the age of science hundreds of years ago. The power of science has given us a new understanding of the world, and with the help of science and technology, we have stepped out of the earth and began to explore the vast universe.
It may be said how wise it was for the ancient apes to embark on the path of intellectual evolution millions of years ago. The birth of mankind should be thanks to the choice of the evolutionary path of the ancient apes, and the birth of the ancient apes should be due to the rise of mammals in ancient times. Then who should be thanked for the rise of mammals? Some people may say that we have to thank the dinosaurs. It is the extinction of dinosaurs that made mammals.
But in fact, the real thanks to the rise of mammals is the huge asteroid that hit the earth 65 million years ago. Without it, the earth’s ecology would not change drastically, and the dinosaurs would not be extinct. In the era when dinosaurs dominated, mammals had no chance of rising.
Speaking of dinosaurs, many people think of the long and glorious dinosaur era 65 million years ago. The birth of dinosaurs can be traced back to 200 million years ago, when the third mass extinction occurred. After the mass extinction, dinosaurs were born. The original dinosaur was not the overlord of the earth, there were other overlord-level creatures on the earth at that time.
It was not until the fourth mass extinction that 90% of the earth’s creatures became extinct, but the impact of this mass extinction on the dinosaurs was very small. Most of the other creatures were extinct. The dinosaurs survived. After the mass extinction, dinosaurs also took advantage of the trend and prospered very quickly. Not only were there many species, but also races spread across all continents of the earth.
Dinosaurs have dominated the earth for a long time, reaching 160 million years. In such a long time, more than 80% of the earth’s species are dinosaurs. It can be said that pterosaurs fly in the sky, herbivorous dinosaurs and carnivorous dinosaurs run on the ground, and there are branches of dinosaurs even in the water. The entire earth became a paradise for dinosaurs.
In such a prosperous and glorious dinosaur era, coupled with the long 160 million years, why did dinosaurs not evolve wisdom and civilization? I believe many of my friends have thought about this. You must know that mammals rose after the extinction of dinosaurs. It took only tens of millions of years from the rise of mammals to the birth of human ancestors.
Mammals can evolve into intelligent life in tens of millions of years. Why have dinosaurs dominated the earth for 160 million years but failed to do so? In fact, to unravel this mystery, we need to return to the basic laws of nature.
We all know that life grows and develops by evolution, and the core of evolution and evolution of life is gene mutation. It is the constant mutation of genes that gives life an evolutionary direction. In which direction a living organism chooses to evolve, to what extent it will evolve depends on the direction of the genetic mutation.
So what determines the genetic mutation? That is the basic law of nature-survival of the fittest. Although nature is ruthless and cruel, the opportunities it gives to every creature are fair, and nature will give every creature a chance to survive. Nature will choose the evolution direction of genes according to the adaptability of each organism to the environment.
The natural advantage of dinosaurs is that they are tall and have absolute power. Other biological powers are not at the same level in front of dinosaurs. The body of herbivorous dinosaurs is even taller, and no one dares to fight with them when they see it. Carnivorous dinosaurs are also ferocious, and no creature can compare with them.
Dinosaurs have natural advantages in power, so nature can also see them. When nature sees the strength of dinosaurs, it will naturally continue along this path in the direction of genetic mutation. Only in this way, the dinosaurs’ ability to survive will become stronger and stronger. This is the fairness of nature. It will choose the direction of genes through the inherent advantages of each creature.
Dinosaurs already have advantages in strength, and genetic mutations naturally continue to evolve in the direction of strength. As a result, the dinosaurs have become taller and stronger in the 160 million years, so that other creatures can’t lift their heads completely.
Therefore, although dinosaurs have ruled the earth for 160 million years, its evolutionary direction cannot be determined by itself, but is determined by genes. And above the genes are the laws of nature, and the laws of nature have chosen the path of power evolution for dinosaurs. Even if dinosaurs want to take the road of intelligent evolution, they have no choice. Unless the ecological environment changes drastically again, and the power advantage of dinosaurs is lost, it is possible for nature to make dinosaurs choose the direction of evolution again.
In addition, the huge body of dinosaurs also restricted them from embarking on the path of intelligent evolution. Why? I believe many friends know that the ratio of brain capacity to body directly determines the level of intelligence. The brain can only be regarded as a relatively small structure in every biological body. But with such a small structure, the demand for energy is very large.
The larger the brain capacity, the higher the energy consumption. The human brain volume only accounts for about 2% of the human body, but it consumes about 20% of all the human energy. The body of dinosaurs is very large, and the huge body needs a lot of energy every day. The source of energy is a variety of foods, which shows how much food the herbivorous dinosaurs consume every day.
The food of herbivorous dinosaurs is various plants, which are converted into energy and stored in the body after eating a large amount of plants. These energy can keep the dinosaurs for a relatively long time, but if the dinosaurs choose the path of intelligent evolution, then the brain must grow rapidly to reach a relatively large proportion.
If the brain capacity is greatly increased to the level of intelligence, then 20% of the energy of the dinosaur’s body needs to be used by the brain every day, which is not good news for the dinosaurs. In the past, eating a meal can last ten days and a half without having to eat, because the energy in the body can be maintained. But after having a wise brain, you need to eat every day, otherwise the body will lose energy.
The earth’s resources are limited. If dinosaurs are allowed to consume a large amount of them every day, they may soon be exhausted without food. Without abundant resources, the ecology of the earth will rapidly deteriorate and eventually evolve to an uncontrollable level. This is why nature will not let dinosaurs embark on the path of intelligent evolution.
And the human beings embarking on the path of intelligent evolution is actually the rules of nature at work. The body of the ancient ape itself only has the advantage of agility, and this advantage can only play a huge role in the forest. However, the subsequent geological activities turned the forest into a plain, and the ancient apes had to live on the grassland.
The grassland has no forest, and the ancient apes have no power advantage, and they have become the existence at the bottom of the food chain. If no changes are made, the entire ancient ape race may become extinct and disappear on the earth. At this time, the laws of nature combined with the agility of the ancient apes, allowing them to embark on the path of intelligent evolution.
Because wisdom and agility can survive well. Of course, this road is not easy. There have been many branches of wisdom on the evolution of ancient apes, but in the end only the branch of Homo sapiens survived. Evolving into modern humans, all other branches of wisdom have disappeared.