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Humans account for little next to plants

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When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don't amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses. But we really know how to throw what little weight we have around, according to a first-of-its-kind global census of the footprint of life on the planet.

Humans only add up to about one ten-thousandth of the life on Earth, measured by the dry weight of the carbon that makes up the structure of all living things, also known as biomass.

The planet's real heavyweights are plants. They outweigh people by about 7,500 to 1, and make up more than 80 percent of the world's biomass, a study in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said.

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-humans-account-worms-bugs.html

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Kismit

You know it is the bugs and viruses that have more chance of surviving an extinction event too.

Maybe we really are not the greatest species on the planet.

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Piney
4 hours ago, Kismit said:

Maybe we really are not the greatest species on the planet.

I always knew that.

We will destroy ourselves. The planet will heal and something else will come along......which is not a bad thing from what I've been seeing lately...

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