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Sharks are the most successfull species to ever exist.

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Started: 2/18/2010 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kaylitsa

Pro

Sharks are the most successful animal to ever exist. Not only have they been around sinse the Dino's, but they have an extremely evolved body that has allowed it to survive and flourish among any animals.

Conclusion: Sharks are superior to any other animal.
Kenostic

Con

Thank you for the debate, i hope it will be a good one.

First i would like to define Sucsessful, i hope we can agree on it and avoid any unnecessary semantics arguments.

successful |səkˈsesfəl|
adjective
accomplishing an aim or purpose : a successful attack on the town.
• having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction : a successful actor.
[1]

The purpose of an animal is to reproduce and survive. Humans, more than any other animal has allowed it's offspring to survive, whether through childbirth or through childhood. As can be seen in the world growth tables, [2] we as a species have grown from 791 million to 6,707 million from 1750 to 2008. That means our population has grown 8 times it's size in only 2 and a half centuries. While i was unable to find a source for the population of sharks, i have only seen sights that have noted a downward trend [3].

In conclusion, Humans are more successful than the outdated sharks.

(successful only has one l FYI)

[1] Apple dictionary
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org...
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org...
Debate Round No. 1
kaylitsa

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Kenostic

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Debate Round No. 3
12 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 10 records.
Posted by Aesius 7 years ago
Aesius
I'm pretty sure bacteria exist, kaylitsa.
Posted by Koopin 7 years ago
Koopin
Pro must prove evolution to be true if he wants to claim that they have extremely evolved bodies.
Posted by kaylitsa 7 years ago
kaylitsa
Ahem, *possible* (in sci fi movies) It doesn't exist. Sorry. It is possible that there are aliens that are more successful than anything else, but they too, do not exist until there is proof of them.
Posted by Grape 7 years ago
Grape
It would not be impossible to bioengineer a new species of bacteria and grow it's population into the billions very quickly if someone with the necessary skills and equipment so wished.
Posted by Kinesis 7 years ago
Kinesis
Anyway: bacteria.
Posted by Aesius 7 years ago
Aesius
"Sharks" is a broad term, but it is indeed your term.

While certain specimens of sharks have smaller ranges than what the human races inhabits, the accumulated ranges of all species of Selachimorpha exceeds the range of humans, historic or otherwise.
Posted by Aesius 7 years ago
Aesius
Name a species that has "only existed for a few years"

And sharks have a greater territory then humans. It's called the ocean.

Most asexual organisms are both more numerous than humans, and can reproduce much faster.

Or does this only include K selected species? This debate has still neglected to provide definitions.

Also, this debate fails to recognize the fact that "Sharks" are not a species. "Sharks" are a superorder.
Posted by Kenostic 7 years ago
Kenostic
Aesius, for your fist comment i would like to know if a species that died out after a few years is more successful than one that lasted since 6000 BCE. Plus i'm not talking about biomass, im talking about being able to expand by means of greater territory and survival rate.
Posted by Aesius 7 years ago
Aesius
This debate harrows down to a matter of preference, like a favorite color.
Posted by sherlockmethod 7 years ago
sherlockmethod
This would be more fun if the criteria for success was listed as Kinesis said, but Pro can list it and have a good round. I can see what Pro is saying, but do not wish to help mid debate. This can work as both sides have some good points that can be made. Consider evolution and the definition for success, Con, and Pro can go another route that would take a tough argument to beat. No need to be so harsh with these guys, this debate can be worthwhile.
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