So I was thinking pointlessly "I wonder what would happen if a T-rex would roam the city, lol?" Pretty soon I realized that it would get its T-rex ass kicked very quickly. Bring in a tank to shoot it once with a 120mm high explosive shell and the lizard dies. Bring in a crappy little IFV with a 30mm autocannon and the lizard dies. Bring in a talented sniper using a 50 cal Barrett and the T-rex fucking dies from a well placed headshot!
Humans are awesome. We exceed the creations of Mother Nature because she doesn't give a crap about performance, she doesn't aspire to great things such as total annihilation or space exploration. For millions of years she was happy to create eating automatons. Creatures whose only purpose, as dictated by nature, was to eat, shit and make more of themselves before dying. Never did Mother Nature create a cheetah that could run faster than a Ferrari. Never did she create a bird that could fly faster than the speed of sound. We did create all those things, because we wanted to, while she didn't care to. And I bet my own stupid life that out there, far away, on a distant exoplanet she keeps doing the same shit she did on Earth for millions of years: stupid creatures evolved to eat, no smarter than your average crocodile or shark, yet perfect in Mother Nature's eyes.
This reminded me of a small chat I've had here on 8chan. There was an anon talking about how dolphins are smart, having their own secret language, calling each other by name and so on. I retorted by saying that as long as dolphins don't have opposable thumbs to be able to build shit, they can stick their social intelligence up their aquatic asses! The damn critters live underwater, this means that from the get-go they'll never discover fire and electricity. And how much you wanna bet their stupid flippers are never going to evolve into hands? Sure, they can get better at communicating with each other, they may even evolve powers of telepathy (we've done that ourselves when we invented cellphones, but Mother Nature has yet to figure out radio waves). But even with telepathy, they're never gonna build jack shit underwater. Ever.
The way I see it, our biological successors are most likely the chimpanzees. Given enough time they'll develop speech and reinvent the wheePost too long. Click here to view the full text.