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  1. #1 What If Sheep Were The Largest Land Animal? 
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    If sheep were the largest land animal, how would that change life on Earth? Sheep are still the same normal size, it's just that no land animal is bigger.

    Question 1: Would sheep still exist? Or would mankind have accidentally made them extinct?

    Question 2: Let's assume mankind doesn't kill them off. What are their predators? If ANY? House cats? Because even the dogs attacking them would be smaller.


    Implications I can think of: Mutton becomes the meat of choice. By the way, try it some time, it's excellent. Lamb is too, but it bothers my conscience since they kill baby lambs within weeks of birth to get lamb meat at times. I'd rather eat mutton, since the sheep has lived it's life at least.

    Fish and mutton would be the mainstays. And sheep milk would be totally in.


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    If sheep were the largest land animal then humans would be much smaller than currently. The average weight of a sheep is 125 lbs. Since human males average around 170 lbs and we may reasonably assume that the next largest land animal is around 10% less than the largest and that these are humans. Then human males will have to be some 36% smaller than at present. If the same proportionate decrease applies to females they shall weigh in at an average of 85 lbs. This is likely to have an impact on human success, is it not? Should we address that issue before moving onto the sheep?


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    If sheep were the largest land animal then humans would be much smaller than currently. The average weight of a sheep is 125 lbs. Since human males average around 170 lbs and we may reasonably assume that the next largest land animal is around 10% less than the largest and that these are humans. Then human males will have to be some 36% smaller than at present. If the same proportionate decrease applies to females they shall weigh in at an average of 85 lbs. This is likely to have an impact on human success, is it not? Should we address that issue before moving onto the sheep?
    I was not counting humans as animals. Animals don't have a written language. Animals don't make spaceships. Animals don't build machines. I was only talking about animals. Not humans.
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    Humans are animals. There really shouldn't be any dispute about that in a scientific discussion. They have characteristics that are absent, or expressed to a lesser extent in other animals, but the same is true of all species of animal. I think, for example, that only beavers build complex macro-scale dams. Your anthropocentric view of the natural world has been out of place in the field of science for many decades and arguably since Darwin wrote the words "light will be shed on the origin of man and his history" at the end of On the Origin of Species.

    I am perfectly willing to contemplate the scenario where sheep are the second largest land animal, but lets dispense with the silly notion that humans are not animals.
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