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Because plant life was on the Earth millions of years before reptilian or mammalian organisms,...

Question:

Because plant life was on the Earth millions of years before reptilian or mammalian organisms, why didn't plants evolve into intelligent life?

Early Plants:

Plants came about in oceans during the first billion years of Earth's existence. Plants have been around for billions of years. They started off in the oceans and then evolved to land-dwelling plants.

Answer and Explanation:

This is a great question. Evolution does not have a goal. The process through which evolution occurs is natural selection. Through natural selection, plants that had mutations (or traits) that made them more adapted to surviving in the environment survived and reproduced and so passed on their genes. Over time the plants changed or evolved. There was never a goal to become intelligent. Evolution just allows organisms to become the most fit to survive in their natural environment. Plants certainly were able to achieve that since they've been here for billions of years. Being able to survive and reproduce is good enough in terms of evolution. Perhaps if plants had acquired special mutations that gave them capabilities that allow you to become an intelligent life, they would have evolved to become intelligent life as well.


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The Origin of Life on Earth: Theories and Explanations

from Science 101: Intro to Natural Sciences

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