Are you humans at the top of the food chain?
At the top of the scale are meat-eaters that don't have any predators themselves, such as polar bears and orca whales. Instead, we sit somewhere between pigs and anchovies, scientists reported recently. That puts us right in the middle of the chain, with polar bears and orca whales occupying the highest position.
Primary consumers, mostly herbivores, exist at the next level, and secondary and tertiary consumers, omnivores and carnivores, follow. At the top of the system are the apex predators: animals who have no predators other than humans.
Humans are said to be at the top of the food chain because they eat plants and animals of all kinds but are not eaten consistently by any animals. The human food chain starts with plants. Plants eaten by humans are called fruits and vegetables, and when they eat these plants, humans are primary consumers.
Many might assume that humans are at the top of the food chain, but this is not necessarily true. Humans are omnivores (eat both plants and meat) and fall somewhere in the middle of the food chain. At the very top of the food chain are carnivores (eat only meat) that eat other carnivores.
Humans are considered secondary consumers. They obtain their food from producers (plants) and other animals (herbivores and consumers)
For a good 2 million years, Homo sapiens and their ancestors ditched the salad and dined heavily on meat, putting them at the top of the food chain.
Humans are not considered apex predators because their diets are typically diverse, although human trophic levels increase with the consumption of meat.
Explanation: Humans occupy the position of consumers in a food chain. The human can be divided into two types of consumers - Primary consumer & Secondary consumer. Primary Consumer - When humans derive their nutrition directly from the producers (green plants) in the form of fruits & vegetables.
The strongest land animal in the world is the elephant. The typical Asian elephant has 100,000 muscles and tendons arranged along the length of the trunk, enabling it to lift almost 800 pounds. The gorilla, the strongest as well as largest primate on the planet, is at least six times stronger than the average human.
Strictly speaking, humans are the smartest animals on Earth—at least according to human standards.
Are we superior to animals?
First, it is shown how human beings are superior to the other animals in certain capacities. By this, it is meant that humans have greater capacities than the other animals. Then, it is claimed that humans are superior, but in the sense that they matter more from a moral point of view.
Eating meat is thought by some scientists to have been crucial to the evolution of our ancestors' larger brains about two million years ago.
We are “super-predators”, researchers say. Most natural predators on land — like lions, bears and tigers — prefer to hunt juvenile prey animals for food. But on analyzing a global database of over 300 studies, researchers found that humans kill 14 times more adult prey than other predators.
Basically, some scientists think that a number of different species of animals view humans as the ultimate killing machine. These animals may even fear humans more than other predatory animals, such as wolves, lions, and bears.
By using food supply data from the U.N Food and Agricultural Organization, a group of French researchers was able to determine where humans rank on the food chain: right in the middle.
Humans are a classic example of a tertiary consumer. So, the correct answer is option B. Consumer.