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Can other kinds of animals evolve like us? And can humans evolve more?
Question Date: 2016-08-31
Answer 1:

Humans are animals. We aren’t any more evolved than any other species, but we evolved down a different path from other species, just like foxes evolved down a different path than raccoons.We are not monkeys, but we share a common ancestor. We are primates, meaning that we have thumbs that can touch all of our other fingers (opposable thumbs). Our eyes are in the front of our faces, so we can see in 3D. We did not evolve from any of the other primates that are still around, but we came from species that lived millions of years ago and had several branches on their family tree. If you go back far enough, you would even find an ancestor that we shared with modern fish, but we didn’t evolve from any fish that are still around.

All living things can evolve. Evolution just means a change in how common certain genes are. The changes can be small. If populations get separated long enough, they can change in ways that eventually make them new species. Humans haven’t necessarily stopped changing, but it’s in very small ways. The longer the lifespan is in a species, the longer it would take to see a change. Humans are all one species. In order for humans to split into new species, a group of humans would have to be isolated somewhere for tens or hundreds of thousands of years, maybe some lost space colony someday will do that.

Having a big brain is a big part of being human, but that doesn’t mean that other species will get bigger brains (Some big animals already have brains bigger than ours, but for our body size, are brains are big and complex.) Having a big brain costs a lot of energy. Other species are successful by being stronger than we are, or smaller, or faster. Having a bigger brain might actually lower their survival. Birth is already difficult in humans because of our big heads.

You might be interested in studying human evolution more. Here’s a good site for that: click here

Thanks for asking,

Answer 2:

All animals, including humans, are still evolving. Humans are not the end of evolution. However evolution is not a one-direction march toward progress: it is unlikely that there will ever be another animal that is quite like us. They will evolve in their own new and wonderful directions.

Answer 3:

One of the amazing things about evolution by natural selection is that it applies to all life – humans, animals, plants, fungi, viruses, etc. All life is evolving over time, including us.

Let’s take a closer look: Each individual in a species is born with some combination of their parents’ traits and some random new ones. If some of those traits make it easier to survive in their environment, that individual will live long enough to pass their traits to their children. This natural selection leads to change over time, a process we call evolution.

For example, sparrows fly slightly faster than other birds in their area so they can catch more food. Quails, on the other hand, are able to hide from predators more easily. Both are ways to survive in the same environment. The examples above are very simple; in reality, not all traits directly contribute to survival, so they continue to be passed on at random. Evolution is simply change over time, with no preferred way to survive or best traits. All the animals that live with us on this planet have survived and are equally evolved to live in their specific environment.

Humans and animals are constantly evolving but the process is slow and hard to detect as it’s happening. Take a moment to think about all the things that humans can do – which traits do you think are important to our survival?

Answer 4:

All kinds of plants and animals are always evolving. Everything evolved from organisms that lived about 3 billion years ago and only had 1 cell. Everything is still evolving. Some living things still only have 1 cell, but they are still evolving, just like us and plants and all the other animals.

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