I have often thought that over the billiions of years of Evolution, How
many creatures have existed? How many died out due to war or lack
of viability. Science has shown there were several ape like hominoids
who for whatever reason failed to be part of our world. Climate change,
meteor strikes, ice ages, super volcanoes. It's a wonder higher forms of
life even exist after all that nature has thrown at us.
We can use science to tell us what types of creatures existed in the past,
but unless there is a fossil, bones and flesh disappear. So there might have
been a branch of the family tree that led to other highly intelligent animals.
Why should we (humans) be the only intelligence that ever dreamed of
what might be, or what if anything happens after death. Not only to learn
but learn how to wonder what they might not know. All animals can learn,
taught to sort familiar objects, and many other things. Some call it habit,
some call it intelligence. Animals appear to be better at reading body
language than we can or do. Anyone who has had a pet has learned how
to communicate with it. I think it's a small step from doing things to
live and living to do things.
We will likely never know of an ancient intelligence unless we find some
evidence written in something like gold. Then it's likely men will argue not
wanting to accept it's truth that man wasn't the only advanced race in our