• Question: Are humans the most advanced species? Will they never become extinct?

    Asked by 836ceng22 to Megan, Mzamo, Ola on 17 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Megan Seymour

      Megan Seymour answered on 17 Nov 2016:

      In a lot of ways yes. We have the largest brain size (relative to our body), we can use tools and solve problems more effectively than any other species and have colonised every continent on the planet.

      But we aren’t the biggest species in terms of numbers. There are several species of insect that have much larger populations than us, and make up more living biomass than us!

      There’s a really good article about this on the BBC if you want to read more:

      As for going extinct- it’s definitely possible. The dinosaurs were a hugely successful species but they didn’t survive the ice age. It’s possible that in the future a sudden change in climate could make it very difficult for humans to survive.