Thursday, 3 May 2018

Cows could be largest mammals on earth if extinction continues at this pace

Human influence on the survival of big mammals is 'striking,' one scientist says 

The Independent Online

Cows could be the largest living mammals in a few hundred years if extinction trends continue, a new study said Getty

If extinction continues at its current pace, scientists are warning that cows could become the largest mammals left on earth.

The 2,000-pound peaceful farm animals may end up the largest land dwellers left in "a few hundred" years thanks to a combination of hunting, poaching and carnivorous diets, according to a study published in the journal Science.

"The only time being big is bad is when humans are involved. We are efficient predators and have been for a really long time — so there's not a value judgment here — it's just what hominids did," professor of biology at the University of New Mexico and lead author of the study Felisa Smith told Mashable.

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