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The future of Animals

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Let's try to keep this thread about the actual future of animals, not current events (which as I say should really be in the off-topic forum).

 

Here's an interesting question to ponder: are we going to bring any animals to the stars? And if so, which ones? There won't be any need to bring them, certainly, because robots and lab-grown meat account for any possible use they could have, but animals of high cultural significance would probably be brought from home. One of the stories in my story thread touches upon this:

 

 

[The Indian colonists of Ross 128 b] also created a herd of 50 cows from frozen embryos, an act which clearly influenced many other Terran colonists: the first American ship to Proxima brought 51 cryopreserved bald eagles from home.

 

They might also be used for biosphere building on worlds that have little to none, but it seems more likely we'd engineer a biosphere on site, either from scratch or based on any existing biosphere that might be present.

 

There will also be any number of unwelcome stowaways like insects and rats, as Randall Munroe suggests:

 

There might be a billion habitable planets in our galaxy. If we colonized them, we’d certainly bring mice and rats with us. If just one in a hundred were populated with small mammals in numbers similar to Earth’s, after a few million years—not long, in evolutionary time—the total number which have ever lived would surpass Avogadro’s number.

 



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Uplifting is a relevant topic, but we have a thread on that. Go there for posts about uplifting.



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Tl;dr, they're all going to go extinct.

Currently going through a shift in my views.


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Tl;dr, they're all going to go extinct.

lol, and then we'll bring them all back.


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they evolve back into dinosaurs and be all like #DINOSQUAD


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Tl;dr, they're all going to go extinct.

that seems realistic save for a few animals that can survive unless humans end up extinct as well. in other words, extinctions are not surprising. even extinctions like these, life starts over and new animals evolve. it may take many years in the process but now i feel better now. sure, we may never see these kinds of animals again and there's no knowing how all of these animals are going to look like but i guess we humans might as be one of those unique animals that would never be seen again.







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