Originally posted by Drzava
i always knew it, chimps are way better than us.
now letme ask u this, if they evolved into a more complex species, there will be a planet of the apes kind of thing?
I guess it depends on what you mean by "evolved."
If it's in the literal sense, as in, if a new aberrant strain of chimp found itself better able to survive and score mates and produce offspring than
its status quo chimp brothers and sisters, then probably not.
Species do not evolve into a new species very quickly, generationally-speaking. Homo Sapiens have been around for roughly 200k years and are still
pretty much the same, evolutionarily speaking, as we have been since then, with only very minor "plumage" variations amongst us. All of known
history for mankind has occurred during the reign of homo sapiens. The chimps are much in the same boat, but perhaps more so.
Modern chimpanzee fossils have been found from the middle Pleistocene era, so roughly 1 million years ago. They are thus evolving at a slower rate
than humans, which actually makes sense if you consider who eventually rose to the top of the food chain to control the planet. Chimps and humans (not
homo sapiens though) themselves probably split off of the same species around 5.4 million years ago, though it could be as late as 8 million years
ago. Since then, humans have gone through many evolutionary steps at an increasingly faster pace to become homo sapiens, and the chimps have gone
through relatively few.
Thus, assuming humans and chimps originally came from the same base stock roughly 5-8million years ago, and the end result of the chimp-branch is what
we have now, and the end result of the human branch is what we have now, then one must assume that humans will continue to evolve at a faster rate
than the chimpanzee, which cannot hope to keep pace with humans. Of course, since we are still talking about hundreds of thousands of years between
evolutionary strains, and perhaps the eventually acceleration might bring us to tens of thousands of years, that is still many orders of magnitude
longer than the entire span of human civilization before one sees a new variant of an existing species.
If you are speaking from an "Educational" evolution, the answer remains the same. Humans have had thousands of years to develop language, writing,
infrastructure, agriculture, military tactics, government, religion, etc... all of these things intertwine with branching subskills-a-million, that
define and shape human civilization. Chimps have, to date, figured out how to poke bush-babies with a stick, eat termites with a stick, and have
demonstrated better short-term memory.
Finally, we humans have numbers on our side. the human population far out measures that of the chimpanzee. At the turn of the 1900's, chimpanzees
might have numbered as high as 2 million. They now number less than 200,000. Humans, conversely, are rapidly approaching the 7-billion mark. In a
struggle for dominance, numbers are the most important factor, and a 35,000-to-1 lead would be almost impossible to overcome without an almost godlike
technological advantage, which chimps most certainly do not have on us humans.
In short, the answer to your question is "no", there almost certainly never be a planet of the apes situation on Earth. I would not say it is
impossible, but it is currently improbable to the point of being negligible.