A study by the University of New Mexico, USA, says that in 200 years there will be no mammal larger than the cow
The human being is the cause of pollution of rivers, soil, and air, is also responsible for the deforestation of forests and the annihilation (directly and indirectly) of all types of animals.
According to a calculation from the University of New Mexico, led by professor Felisa Smith, in 200 years the largest mammal to walk on earth will be the cow (Bos Taurus). According to this estimate, if we take into account that the largest known cow is Blosom, that weighed more than 900 kilos, about 7 species of animals must extinct first.
According to Smith, the elephant (both African and Asian), as well as its mammoth relative, will not last more than 200 years on the planet. The African elephant is the largest terrestrial animal on the planet. It can measure up to 7 meters in length and 3.5 meters in height and can weigh up to 6 tons.
Photo: David Casado
Hippos are also in the list, as they measure up to 3 meters in length and 3 tons. The animal that kills most humans in Africa, above the lion, could be extinguished.
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After the death of the last male North African white rhinoceros, there remains the black rhinoceros of the south, the rhinoceros of Sumatra, the Indian rhinoceros, the rhinoceros of Java, and the white rhinoceros. The latter reaches about 3,600 kilograms, being the second largest land animal on the planet.
Photo: Gavin Stewart
Another animal that will become extinct will be the Giraffe. This mammal is the highest in the world, because it can grow up to 5.8 meters tall and weigh up to 1600 kilograms.
Photo: Mark Jordahl
Bears would also be extinct. The polar bear and the brown bear Kodiak (the largest predators on earth) can reach from 1000 to 1300 kilograms.
A relative of the cow, the buffalo (which is of the Bovidae family) is also in danger and according to Smith will become extinct. This Bison that lives in North America can weigh 1300 kilograms.
Photo: Tony Hisgett
The walrus is also at risk. This semi-aquatic mammal weighs more than 1800 kilograms. Their flesh and their fangs make it very popular with hunters from the north.
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Another relative of the walrus, the elephant seal, would also be in danger of extinction. The elephant seal can weigh up to 900 kilograms.
Photo: Luís Alejandro Bernal Romero
According to Felisa Smith, the cow's great advantage in not becoming extinct is that it has been domesticated by man. Otherwise, these would also be on the list.
Latin American Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández
Translated from "Estos son los animales que se tienen que extinguir para que la vaca sea el mamífero más grande"