posted on Nov, 20 2010 @ 12:08 PM
Originally posted by stumason
But, in general parlance, Carnivores do sit at the top of the food chain. What animal eats Lions, or Great Whites? All animals at the top of the food
chain are either carnivourous, at least in part..
Vultures, bacteria, crabs, worms, etc...but ok...they typically don't hunt down.
I think the word people are seeking here are predators...predators tend to be on top of the food chain..we are predators, lions, etc..
I see a carnavore as just that...something that as defined, lives on meat pretty exclusively...like a cat. (yep, little fluffy is a exclusive meat
eating monster...bad kitty!)
I think meat actually slows down mental functions...there are many reports on this...however, herbivores are unlikely candidates for intellectual
mastery because of a variety of factors.
the most likely candidate for food chain topping would be a mostly herbavore that also can digest meat...aka, a omnivore...this allows for a constant
food supply be it in a lush garden, or in a barren desert fending off scorpions and snakes (aka, dinner).
Its not splitting hairs or being pedantic to note the difference between an exclusive carnivore and a omnivore...its a world of difference...a
carnivore will die if there is no meat around, even in a lush garden..they simply cannot process the greenery directly, they get the plants through
the filtration of a plant eater...its how the system works.
an intelligent species of pure carnivores would find a way to get the nutrents of the plants directly verses continuing to rely on the animal
population...consider early space travel for such a species...how would they bring along a million space cows to eat while they fly around...simple
necessity would require them to streamline the process and bypass the middle man.