Humans Vs. Animals: What`s The Difference? [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Science

According to this infographic, humans and animals have a lot more in common than we once thought.
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Male 621
lifespa"m"
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Male 312
@ Pingas.... If humans are a plague, then go kill yourself. be the cure... apparently we have somthing over them, look at what we have accomplished vs what they have. we own them as pets, we eat them...ect.
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Male 185
Dogs can come close to beating humans at distance running.
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Male 41
I wish we also got wings from birds. lol
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Male 65
Mhmmm
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Male 312
Animals ftw. Humans are a plague.
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Male 236
But camels could beat us in long distance running if they tried! WE HAVE NOTHING LEFT D:
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Male 27
Chimps arent just flinging poop and fishing for termites. They make spears now.
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Male 422
Wait...does that say LIFESPAM? :D
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Male 2,148
Angilion: Are you arguing over the fairness of a comparison between humans and animals? This is supposed to be "look how cool nature can sometimes be", not "haha, stupid humans can`t stack up to other animals".
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Male 440
Angilion, you sure do like to talk a lot.
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Female 236
LIFESPAM!
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Male 660
@Angilion Well put! Humans are the great adapters. Apart from long distance running, humans don`t do many things as well as some other species......but they can perform a far greater range of tasks than any other single species. The nearest comparable animal is the chimpanzee and its claim to fame is using a stick to get termites out of a log......Oh! and it can hurl its own faeces.
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Male 12,365
It`s also unfair to compare humans to the top animals in each area, and only in selected aspects.

Take eyesight, for example. Yes, an eagle has far superior clarity of vision at a distance. But it has crappy colour vision and crappy low-light vision. Humans spank eagles in those aspects of vision. Humans are excellent all-rounders when it comes to vision.

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Male 12,365
The two biggest factors are heat loss and running efficiency. Humans can dump heat faster than other animals, far faster than most. Overheating is what stops most animals.

HUmans can run with less effort due to the springiness of human legs. The force of impact of each footfall is partially stored in the form of compression and bending in the leg and released when pushing off for the next step, significantly reducing the effort required. Humans can do a medium run with a far lower proportion of maximum effort than other animals can.

So humans tire more slowly and overheat more slowly. It`s an advantage that was crucial when humans were hunter-gatherers on the plains of Africa. Persistence hunting works, so our ancestors ate.

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Male 12,365
[quote]I`d like to see some source of evidence for this... as I can`t believe a human would run long distance better than say, a horse.[/quote]

Horses are unusual because they have been selectively bred by humans for millenia. They are, in effect, genetically engineered by humans to increase their speed and stamina.

They still can`t outrun equally fit humans over long distances. Horses bred for endurance can beat humans up to marathon distances, but beyond that it`s humans all the way.

The issue is sustained speed. A human in good shape can do a steady jog all day. No other animal can. At best, they can maintain a brisk walking pace...and human jogging pace is faster. A fit riding horse can comfortably sustain about 35 miles per day. A fit human can beat that while carrying half their own weight.

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Male 14
we still have hate crimes right *BLANK* animals and jews
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Female 57
In general? Humans suck.
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Male 5,189
"can`t run for more than 5 minutes before stopping."

Lool so true.

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Female 4,039
The difference is clothes. People wear clothes.
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Male 758
Sentinel-
Those people have trained years for the supermarathon. Imagine running, non stop, for nearly 12 hours? or 24, or 48?
I`ll bet the vast majority of people here (yes, myself included) can`t run for more than 5 minutes before stopping.
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Female 46
"I`d like to see some source of evidence for this... as I can`t believe a human would run long distance better than say, a horse."

Horses tire easily. Contrary to popular belief, horses can run for only about 45 minutes. Thats why they used so many horses for the pony express. Riders switched horses every hour.

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Male 10,440
[quote] Whether we`re a virus or not, the earth is pretty damn strong. We will not destroy it. At worst, we will make it unsuitable for ourselves. [/quote]

Its true that we will not destroy it, but we could if we had to.

However I think things are going the other way. We are making the planet more suitable for ourselves, at the expense of the rest of life.

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Male 2,440
[quote]Well, as long as no animal invents the shotgun, I think we`re safe.[/quote]

My fellow human, I`ve seen a polar bear in a sidecar using a machine gun. We`re royally f*cked.

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Male 116
Well, as long as no animal invents the shotgun, I think we`re safe.
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Male 1,148
I`d like to see some source of evidence for this... as I can`t believe a human would run long distance better than say, a horse.
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Male 2,440
[quote]Whether we`re a virus or not, the earth is pretty damn strong. We will not destroy it. At worst, we will make it unsuitable for ourselves.[/quote]

I say we`re just testing how much bullsh*t the planet can take. One day, it`ll go postal on us and the Galactic News Network will have something of substance to report on other than claiming to be "The Unbiased Voice of the Galaxy." You`re not fooling anyone, GNN! We know you support the Nuglonion Party!

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Female 635
when my dog sees his reflection in the mirror he starts barking and tackles the mirror

:/

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Female 9,557
Did you know blue whales have 12 ft penises. Out of all the things I learned in biology, this is the one that I remember the most. :/
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Male 1,629
recognizing a reflection is NOT self-awareness >.< granted it is along a similar path but it is not the same thing
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Male 808
"Life Spam" too funny-I love screw ups in spell check-once I wrote "No Lates" on a resume and my spell check changed it to "No Laptops"-good times
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Male 2,893
Look at the raven one.
They can use stones to immobilize eggs?
Like it`s going to run away from it?
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Female 3,574
lol honestly every second or third post on this site turns into religion bashing and/or a debate.
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Male 3,631
Simple correlation to cross the bridge:

For Old Testament fundamentalists, first define the context of the "likeness" or "image" in which God supposedly created us.

If intellectual, consult the chart above or any other cognitive studies which establish the necessary building-blocks for a volitional, autonomous consciousness (I believe this one will do).

If physical, simply refer to the indisputable genetic similarity between Human Beings and nearly every other member of the Animal Kingdom (or Plant, for that matter).

Either way, whatever `image` He created us in is shared by other species strongly enough to qualify all of them for inclusion, at least to some degree. Therefore, God necessarily reflects some degree of `likeness` with all other living creatures on the face of the planet, and that either makes him an animal too

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Male 3,631
... or (slightly more or less outlandish, depending on your outlook) some detached psychological influence, somehow manifesting its intellectual nature in different ways and to (seemingly arbitrary) different degrees, across the organic landscape of an otherwise scientifically measurable universe.
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Male 4,290
[quote]The average person 500 years ago lived to 35-40, 200 years ago it was normal to die around 50. At the time of my birth (1966) the average male lived 63 years, that figure in 2010 is now 67 years.[/quote]

And of course, 5,000 years ago in the time of Noah humans lived 400-500 years, some even more than that.
Right?

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Male 8
No animal can make a boring infographic
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Male 40
"We should get an infographic about the increasing rates of boring infographics on this website. I am still bored."

Yeah, I`d concur with that. Last month it was men in bras this month it`s infographics.

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Male 310
We should get an infographic about the increasing rates of boring infographics on this website. I am still bored.
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Male 3,842
Isn`t it obvious? Humans ARE animals. Therefore, you wouldn`t expect a qualitative difference between humans and animals, only a difference of degree in that we can do certain things to a greater degree with our symbolic reasoning.

One difference between humans and any other animal is that we can use our language to talk about hypothetical events in the future.

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Female 5,222
:O
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Female 15,763
Lion, that`s related to our cognitive development.
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Male 1,834
mmmmmmmm tasty superior animals
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Male 8,302
Put it this way - the average animal takes 1 minute to walk after birth; humans take 9 months to crawl and 12 to even stand.
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Male 3,755
I wouldn`t say "most advanced." Every species is the most advanced it can be. We just acquired some trait that enabled us to become self-aware and figure out to take over the world.

We can only run the farthest because we intentionally train to do so. If a deer had the mind to train to run a marathon, I bet it could run it faster.

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Male 27
"Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:29:06 PM
Funny it would even mention the long distance running bit. It`s not there is no animal that can do it... there is no animal that "needs" to do it. Humans are the only form of animal that would run long distances with no purpose, i.e. survival, etc. There is nothing primal or instinctual about running long distance, just to run long distance."

not true. we definitely didn`t develop it for no reason. there are lots of reasons as to why bipedalism developed, but whatever benefits it gave us such as freeing of the hands caused problems. one of the main problems was it made us slow.. excruciatingly slow. we had to be able to chase prey to exhaustion, often for days in order to make a kill. meat was EXTREMELY important in early humans diets.

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Male 27
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 9:38:57 PM
"The difference is us humans are nothing but a virus on this earth that is quickly destroying it."

Whether we`re a virus or not, the earth is pretty damn strong. We will not destroy it. At worst, we will make it unsuitable for ourselves. "

I agree with opiebreath (she is infinitely awesome) we wont kill the planet, she`ll kill us. we are nothing to this planet. we humans will all be dead long before the planet goes.

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Male 180
Lol, Lifespam.
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Female 15,763
"The difference is us humans are nothing but a virus on this earth that is quickly destroying it."

Whether we`re a virus or not, the earth is pretty damn strong. We will not destroy it. At worst, we will make it unsuitable for ourselves.

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Male 15,832
None of these animals even come close to humans in their respective categories, and humans do ALL of them. So, a dolphin taught another dolphin how to tail walk? Big deal. Another human taught me electromagnetic field theory and quantum mechanics.
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Male 24
The difference is us humans are nothing but a virus on this earth that is quickly destroying it.
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Male 316
@krisley
I feel bad for you. I plan on having a bang-up new year`s eve on 12/31/12.
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Male 423
Did they just realized that most of our greats ideas and inventions came from observings animals...
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Male 526
Ryan22158, we`ll all be gone in just over two years actually..... 12/21/12 is fast approaching....
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Male 2,748
Lifespam... lol. but this is cool info
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Male 371
So if I eat all those animals I am like superman
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Male 2,796
Funny it would even mention the long distance running bit. It`s not there is no animal that can do it... there is no animal that "needs" to do it. Humans are the only form of animal that would run long distances with no purpose, i.e. survival, etc. There is nothing primal or instinctual about running long distance, just to run long distance.
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Male 418
Too bad none of this will matter in about 10 or 20 thousand years.......


Cause we`ll all be gone!

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Male 214
yeah, well we porn! and the interwebs, but porn is more important
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Male 2,549
Couldn`t a boast of `most advanced` species be interpreted as a sign of unique ability?

Good infographic, the quahog clam lifespan blew me away...but I guess that wouldn`t matter to one without a defined brain. (Oh well, more chowder for us!)

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Male 10,440
We`re sentient! Wait, no. Chimps are also sentient.

Hmm... We`ve got technology. We`ve got transistors, penicillin and apple pie!

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Female 385
[quote]Well we`ve got i~m~a~g~i~n~a~t~i~o~n! Show me a monkey that can write a novel and maybe I`ll change my mind.[/quote]

Lots of other species, including monkeys, apes and dolphins, make complex battle plans in advance--something impossible to do without an imagination, as you have to imagine an enemy that is not yet present.

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Male 699
all in the same phylum, all amniotes or above on the cladogram of chordates, so yeah, im not impressed
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Female 1,264
Pigeons can count. They can also spot fake paintings better than art students.
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Female 131
duh. peaople too often forget that we`re nothing special. doomed to extinction like the other 99% of life that`s ever lived.
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Male 250
lifespam? sounds tasty :P
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Female 728
Lionhart2: I went to Wikipedia (admittedly not the best source, but generally reliable enough) and the table of lifespan over time says that it does take into account infant mortality. Unfortunately, the resources aren`t much help for finding the lifespan excluding infant mortality.

There is some difference between comparing 500 years ago to 100 years ago, though. airsofter1 mentioned 100 years ago, in which case people undoubtedly were able to live well past their 30`s because there are plenty of documented cases. 500 years ago, maybe people didn`t often live past their 30`s.

I suppose the whole point though is that our lifespan has increased, whether it took 100 years or 500 years, so I`ll concede the argument.

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Male 421
Well we`ve got i~m~a~g~i~n~a~t~i~o~n! Show me a monkey that can write a novel and maybe I`ll change my mind.

...and what`s with all the infographics lately? I just don`t find them very entertaining.

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Male 8,302
> green_batman
> that idea is a statistical fallacy... people didn`t typically die in their 30`s in the past, either

Wrong. `Average` lifespan is usually worked out on ADULT death age, NOT taking into account infant mortality rates. The average person 500 years ago lived to 35-40, 200 years ago it was normal to die around 50. At the time of my birth (1966) the average male lived 63 years, that figure in 2010 is now 67 years.

These figures are world averages, which DO take into account places like Ethiopia, where the average adult dies somewhere in their mid-30`s. First-World median age at death has not tripled, but it is certainly at least 25% better than it was a couple hundred years ago.

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Male 707
@Henryhendrix

well... you are an animal.
what did you think you where?

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Female 1,401
HAH! Quohog clam! ohhh man it`s reaalll???
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Female 3,598
"apes in the wild have been recorde to taunt tiger cubs by pulling their ears, tails and patting them, and escaping later- only to return and do it again."
did they pull this information off a youtube video or something?
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Female 60
I`ve pretty much always considered humans "animals".
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Male 722
I don`t like to compare myself to animals...
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Female 541
there are a LOT of grammatical errors in here... and a few spelling ones as well. "Lifespam"?
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Female 728
airsofter1: I`m going to be a little nitpicky. :P

We haven`t tripled our lifespan; that idea is a statistical fallacy. We have tripled our *average* lifespan. The reason why our average lifespan used to be shorter is because there was such a high infant mortality, so that dragged down the average. People could live into their 80`s in the past, though, granted, there weren`t many. We have extended our lifespan somewhat, as people didn`t generally live into their 100`s, while there are many who do now, but people didn`t typically die in their 30`s in the past, either.

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Female 728
npdarren: Actually, more genetic material doesn`t mean more advanced. In many cases, it means more redundant genes, which are inefficient. Many species of plants are capable of polyploidy (having more than two copies of each gene) because they are simple enough that they can tolerate extra inefficiencies.

As far as the post: It`s more the culmination of all of those things that makes us think that we are unique. Further, our abilities in these areas are more advanced than those of other animals. There is a gradient of ability and we happen to be at the high end of mental ability.

I will say, however, that in terms of evolutionary fitness, insects have us beat hands down because there are so many more of them and reproduction is the only measure of fitness in Darwinian Theory.

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Male 716
True... on the other hand... no animal has done what we`ve done with our tools and traits.

That may be good or bad. Take it as you will.

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Male 8,302
> Humans Vs. Animals: What`s The Difference?

Like you`re going to spot any difference hanging out on IAB lol!

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Female 464
Chromosome number has nothing to do with how complex an animal is
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Female 491
Lifespam.
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Female 1,077
this is news to ANYBODY?
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Male 1,089
you guys don`t get it. so put together animals are better than your average guy. big woop. thye live in the wild huge muscles are just necessary. but we are better in every category here buy using things we created. and yes lifespan, what animals have you seen triple its lifespan in 100 years?
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Male 33
Yay! It`s the food chain!

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Male 601
I don`t even think that humans are more advanced than any animal, considering that dandelions have more chromosomes and genes than we do. So, evolutionarily speaking, we are less sophisticated genetically than a lot of animals. The difference is brain size and adaptability to varying environments. Without those two qualities we`d be no more "advanced" than apes.
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Female 1,283
[quote]We`re such an egocentric species.[/quote]
Lies.

*Walks off to the mirror to admire his irrefutable sexyness*

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Male 40,300
vv @acanatane FTW! (we are animals, just watch TV and you`ll figure that out right away)
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Male 16
I like how it says lifespam, instead of lifespan. Ha. Don`t people proof-read anymore?
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Male 208
Couldn`t an ape just as easily be in the middle? They show emotion, like the elephant, they use tools, like the raven, they can recognize themselves in a mirror, they have good long term memory...

So, really, why isn`t this showing what animals can make up an ape?

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Male 731
We`re such an egocentric species.
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Female 3,574
meh
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Female 276
the entire point of the article is ridiculous, humans ARE animals, and so arent different. We belong to the kingdom animalia long with everything else on that poster. If they wanted to prove were not unique they should have at least said "other animals"
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Male 759
Check this falcon out.
242 miles per hour,that`s 389 kph.
Shamille, do you know what terminal velocity is?
Ask a skydiver.
To us all,keep pulling `till your goggles fill with blood.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3mTPEuFc...
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Male 3,619
the facts are presented in a fail`ish way.

we are very unique. this poster sais it takes 8 animals to have what we have

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Female 956
sham, considering the falcon`s weight, it is pretty darn fast.
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Male 131
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Male 602
No difference? How about the web page you are reading showing a graphic about how similar we are to animals. You think dolphins hold meetings about how similar they are to humans?
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Male 1,178
isn`t the difference the fact that we combine all those features....
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Male 1,081
Lol, funny apes. :P
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Female 831
ok the falcon`s speed shouldn`t count since that`s while DIVING... gravity`s helping him out a lot there...
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Female 54
lifespam lol
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Male 253
Lifespam... is lifespam anything like spam?
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Male 3,915
lifespam? delicious...
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Female 1,148
I hate that we think we`re so `above` animals because we`re `advanced`.

I see no difference between any of us.

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Male 1,351
320 km/hr...holy cow!
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Female 96
Of course, the big difference being that we do all those things at once, unlike the 8 different types of animals used in the example. XD
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Male 964
Woo, now atheists have more stuff to shove into theists faces...woo!
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Male 2,056
What animals sounds travel up to 1800 km? Who Knows!
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Male 1,765
The difference is that humans are so much better at every single aspect compared in the left side of the graph. Also, where is this thing getting its info? The mako shark is nowhere near the fastest fish. The sailfish is more than twice as fast as it. Also, I`m almost certain dogs and wolves can long-distance outrun any person, but I`m too lazy to look for some sources.
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Female 3,828
Well i found it interesting. you all just have short attention spans, i guess
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Male 33
really sucks..
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Male 33
..... SUCK ....
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Male 749
Yeah! We`re the best at long distance running! Take that animals! :D
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Male 637
Lifespam?! Tasty.
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Male 277
Did anyone else find the text really hard to read on this infographic?
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Male 25,417
wow, so many words!
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Male 1,929
WTF is this? The poster that won the award for obvious sh*t no-one cares about?
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Male 15,510
"Humans Vs. Animals"

We forget we are animals too

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Male 4,807
And we think we are the superior species
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Male 50
Funny typo (Lifespam)
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Female 1,112
Oh and I drating hate infographics!
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Female 1,112
I think many people have always understood that animals are very similar to humans in many of their behaviours, however, the difference is clearly the intelligence and brain size. Just saying, we kinda knew most of these sort of ideas before. Kind of neat factoids anyway.
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Female 4,028
Humans are pretty inferior. Without our weapons and stuff, we would so die in the wild. No claws, no fangs, no fast short-distance running, no incredible strength... man.
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Male 533
Apes are dicks!
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Male 4,004
Am I the only one who`s getting sick and tired of all these numbers graphs and infographics lately?
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Male 20,827
Link: Humans Vs. Animals: What`s The Difference? [Pic] [Rate Link] - According to this infographic, humans and animals have a lot more in common than we once thought.
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