Mankind is insignificant in number, but it is absolutely dominant in the great scheme of life on Earth.
According to the study, 7.6 billion people in the world make up only 0.01% of all living things on our planet. But from the very beginning of civilization, mankind has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of the plants, while livestock, which is contained in humans, is thriving.
The new research work is the first comprehensive assessment of the weight of each class of a living being and the overturning of some long-term assumptions. Bacteria are really the main form of life – 13% of everything, but plants eclipse everything, which is 82% of all living matter. All other creatures, from insects to mushrooms, fish and animals, make up only 5% of the world’s biomass.