Humans Account For Just 0.01% Of All Life On Earth But Eliminated Majority Of Other Living Things

Posted: May 22 2018, 3:07am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


This story may contain affiliate links.

Humans Account for Just 0.01% of All Life on Earth But Eliminated Majority of Other Living Things
When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don't amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses, according to a study in the Monday, May 21, 2018, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Photo Credit: Getty Images
  • The human race is less than 1% of all life but still wiped out the majority of other living things

Our Species has Wiped Out Earth’s Biodiversity while Comprising a Small Percentage of It

The moment all of the life forms on our planet are taken into consideration, human beings form just a small part of the overall balance. Especially, when compared to the greenery, earthworms, and viruses, we are merely 0.01% of the whole biodiversity that is a marvel to behold.

However, there is one difference worth mentioning. That is the fact that we are an aggressive and intolerant species. The very first census of species that leave a carbon footprint on the earth shows human beings to be way up there near the top.

The most massive life forms on earth are plants especially trees. They have a poundage that outweighs us by 7500 to 1. Over 80% of the biomass consists of plants.

Coming to bacteria. They form 13% of the biomass. Fungi make up 2%. We get a sense of what species throw around how much weight through this census. Even fungi have a greater biomass than us humans.

Nevertheless, human beings have an impact on the planet that is devastating. Since the dawn of civilization, human beings have decimated plant species by 50% and animals by 85%. This is a sad commentary on our destructive tendencies.

Domestic mammals are greater in weight than all wild mammals. It amounts to a ratio of 14:1. As for poultry, they amount to three times the weight of all the other birds.

Thus the world’s animals that human beings domesticate for their consumption purposes would look like a ratio of three cows next to one chicken.

A planetary approach to the world’s creatures and their effect on the environment is a fascinating study. As a noted Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson once said, human beings have managed to mess around with Nature despite forming a very small portion of it.

The findings of this study got published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This story may contain affiliate links.


Find rare products online! Get the free Tracker App now.

Download the free Tracker app now to get in-stock alerts on Pomsies, Oculus Go, SNES Classic and more.

Latest News


The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/20" rel="author">Sumayah Aamir</a>
Sumayah Aamir (Google+) has deep experience in analyzing the latest trends.




comments powered by Disqus