After we're gone, will great apes like chimps and gorillas inherit the earth? A million years after our extinction, could earth evolve into?

a real planet of the apes?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Chimps and gorilla are almost extinct right now. We're going to last long enough to kill them all off, then go extinct. So no.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It is possible. The reason we evolved the way we did was that the forests in Africa was shrinking. Since then the forests have not returned and in fact there is even less forest than before. If we are gone, then it re-opens the savanna to primates that may be forced to exploit it for survival. However, if apes do try to adapt to the savanna, they may evolve some of the adaptations we have, such as walking on 2 legs, being hairless and with lots of sweat glands. They will also need to evolve more intelligence to find food in the savanna.

    Of course, there is also the possibility that they fail to evolve in the savanna and continue to live inside the forests, as they have done for around 25 million years. In fact, Gigantopithecus may have been an ape that evolved to live outside forests but it eventually became extinct. Therefore there is no guarantee that apes can evolve successfully to replace us.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Nah.  Whatever kills us is likely to kill off the apes too. I'm betting a race of intelligent super arthropods would rise up and rule the earth. 

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