Going, Going, Gone. Soon the Largest Creature On Earth Will Be A Cow

Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Land of the giants. For your great, great grandchildren, cows might be the biggest megafauna around.

By Andrew Masterson | Cosmos

In a couple of hundred years the largest animal walking on land may well be a cow, new modelling predicts.

A paper published in the journal Science uncovers for the first time a startling correlation between human migration and the extinction of large animals.


The link between the loss of big creatures and the spread of Homo sapiens and other hominin species was well established by the time humans left Africa around 125,000 years ago, researchers led by biologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico, US, found.

With no indication that the trend is abating, the team predicts that all currently endangered large terrestrial species will pass within the next couple of centuries, leaving cows, at an average weight of 900 kilograms, the biggest things left.

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