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Mankind does not even rank anywhere close to plants, bugs, and worms yet dominates every living organism

A recent study conducted by a group of scientists brought to light the weight of various types of life forms on the Earth and as revealed, the human race does not even weigh anywhere near to plants, bugs, worms, and bacteria.  However, as said by the very first worldwide survey of-its-kind, even with their insignificant weight, humans have dominated the other living organisms on the planet. Since the evolution of mankind on the surface of the planet near about eighty-three percent of wild animals and fifty percent of plants have reportedly died out.

In accordance with the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that took place on Monday, the human race measures only around one ten-thousandth of all the living organisms on our planet. The plants outweigh all the life forms on the Earth, measuring around 7,500 to 1 in comparison to humans. The plants reportedly estimate not less than eighty percent of the global biomass, with the bacteria measuring up to thirteen percent. Species of Fungi such as mold, yeast, and mushrooms weigh up to two percent of the global biomass.

Prof. James Hanken at the Harvard said, “The fact that the biomass of fungi exceeds that of all animals sort of puts us in our place.”

The lead author of the study, Prof. Ron Milo, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said that the estimations made do not exactly correspond however they bring in a calculated instance of proportion. Milo exclaimed, “I was shocked to find there wasn’t already a comprehensive, holistic estimate of all the different components of biomass.” He further added, “I would hope this gives people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth.” The professor stated that he would now consume less meat keeping in mind the massive effect of livestock on the environment.

As part of the study, Ron Milo with his team analyzed the previous research regarding the biomass of the various types of life forms on the Earth, collaborated all of them, and evaluated them with respect to geography, climate, and the other environment-related issues. This gave them an insight of the weight of life forms on the Earth. The scientists eliminated water from the equation and measured just dry carbon, which made the comparison of species easier for them. As revealed by the researchers around one-sixth of a human weight is just dry carbon.

As said by the study, livestock such as pigs and cattle tend to weigh more than all the other wild mammals on the Earth by around 14 to 1.

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