Nature & Environment
Will animals evolve human defenses ?
By T.K. Randall
February 18, 2012 · 21 comments
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The most dangerous predator to ever walk the planet is mankind - but what can animals do in defense ?
Throughout history predators and prey have been usually locked in a race to evolve ahead of one another, with prey developing faster speeds and thicker hides to protect themselves from the threat of predatory animals. When humans arrived on the scene however this all changed, in the modern world animals have no defense at all against the onslaught of man. Is this because insufficient time has passed for nature to evolve a capable defense against us or is there some other explanation ?
Predators and prey are normally locked in an evolutionary arms race. As predators evolve to run faster, their prey too is selected to become fleeter of foot. As predators evolve sharp teeth, herbivores evolve horns for protection. Some carnivores hunt in packs, so their prey form defensive herds.
Source: BBC News
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