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What is the ecological significance of carnivorous animals? Why did certain animals evolve to become carnivorous? What if all animal life was herbivorous?
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No. 45730
They control the population of herbivores

It is an excellent source of nutrition that allows the development of complex structures such as bigger brain

The ecological effects of herbivorous species would be amplified
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No. 45748
I don't like such simple models too much but will use it nonetheless:
If there are no carnivorous species the herbivorous will pretty much become a plague for the flora and therefore kill their own population due to lack of food. Carnivorous control the population while maintaining remarkably good nutrition.

Omnivorous is 100 IQ monkee tier of course.
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No. 45762
>>45730
Wasn't there some game like Everquest or Runescape or something where the devs programmed in herbivores and grass and accidentally caused an ecological disaster followed byva virtual population crash?
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No. 45774
Evolution is the propagation of patterns that are good at being propagated. If eating other animals is a successful strategy to increase the likelihood of propagation, then some animals will eat other animals.

It is a successful strategy because animals represent highly concentrated masses of nutrients, much more so than plankton or most plant material.

Another way of saying it is that every energy source that can be utilized by life WILL be utilized by life, because the main limit on the propagation of biological organisms is energy, and each energy source represents a viable strategy for reproduction.
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No. 45800
>>45762
Ultima Online maybe? I have heard that it had a system that keeps track of all wild animals, monsters etc in the gameworld individually (instead of randomnly generating then when necessary) and they were even able to level up on their own. I have not heard the ecocatastrophy story though but it might be possible in a game in which the creature mechanics are like this
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