I read the piece, but I think you're reading into my post too much:
remember, just because something survives doesn't somehow mean it was somehow "better" then the stuff that died
Never said that was the case. Clearly humans, due to their intelligence, have the capability to eradicate many forms of life (all of 'em, if we so choose). There are certain species that have adapted to mankind's presence: they lived; those that did not adapt, died, or are dying.
It's a fact, the environment changes, and a species either adapts or dies. Before mankind that environment was usually nature itself, but there have been cases of species that have destroyed another species completely (which usually leads directly to their own downfall as well). Mankind/technology is just another environmental change.
Did you know that when man reached the New World circa 11,000 BC, there were hoards of large mastadon-like creatures covering all of North and South America? There were a number of other large game animal species. Within a few thousand years these species were extinct. One can posutlate that they perished because they had not adapted to man kind's presence. One would imagine animals similar to them existed in Africa prior to man's "rise." Those animals that did not have the genes (or adapt the needed behavior) to flee from man were quickly exterminated.
I state this as fact. I claim that this is not bad, per se, it's just the way it is. That's how nature works. Now, if we, as a specie, continue to decimate our resource base via deforestation, industrial waste, etc. we may very well find ourselves, one day, unable to produce the resources we need to survive. If that happens, we may perish, as a species, but life will continue. I don't want the human specie to perish, so I am all for preservation of the species. I just wanted to express that a specie becoming extinct is not the worst crime mankind can commit, since it is not a crime but a part of nature, even animals have brought other species to extinction.
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