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George Monbiot Makes Shock Discovery That Humans Are A Viciously Destructive Species

by | 27th, March 2014

HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 8:01 P.M. EDT; THIS STORY MAY NOT BE POSTED ONLINE, BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED BEFORE 8:01 P.M. EDT** FILE ** A Myanmar vendor in the border town of Tachilek, just across from Mae Sai, Thailand, offers endangered animal bones and skins for sale to tourist in a Saturday, Nov. 25, 2003 file photo. Almost a third of all apes, monkeys and other primates are in danger of extinction because of rampant habitat destruction, the commercial sale of bush meat and the trade in illegal wildlife, a report released Friday, October 25, 2007, said. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File) Ref #: PA.5280240  Date: 12/10/2007

 

THIS really ought to take some sort of a prize for the amount of cluelessness it shows about our fellow humans. Yes, of course we’re ruthless, greedy and destructive swine, what the hell else did anyone ever think we were ?

You want to know who we are? Really? You think you do, but you will regret it. This article, if you have any love for the world, will inject you with a venom a soul-scraping sadness without an obvious antidote.

The Anthropocene, now a popular term among scientists, is the epoch in which we live: one dominated by human impacts on the living world. Most date it from the beginning of the industrial revolution. But it might have begun much earlier, with a killing spree that commenced two million years ago. What rose onto its hind legs on the African savannahs was, from the outset, death: the destroyer of worlds.

Before Homo erectus, perhaps our first recognisably human ancestor, emerged in Africa, the continent abounded with monsters. There were several species of elephants. There were sabretooths and false sabretooths, giant hyenas and creatures like those released in The Hunger Games: amphicyonids, or bear dogs, vast predators with an enormous bite.

And Monbiot goes on to point out that where ever humans ended up we killed off the megafauna in that location pretty quickly.

The question is though, why is anyone surprised at this? Didn’t everyone already know this?

Well, the answer is that the evidence was always there in front of us. The story of the dodo, or for the more alert, the auk and the

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