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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 7 months ago

Do you think Gazelles will evolve to run faster than Cheetahs since they have more necessity to be faster to survive?

And Cheetahs will die off? Or are Gazelles somewhat perfect as they are now for evasion of Cheetahs since they are slower but are more agile and can run for longer periods of time at high speeds than Cheetahs?

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago
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    To evolve to be faster than cheetahs, there must be strong natural selection on the gazelle. That means any gazelle that cannot run faster will die and only ones that can run faster will survive and reproduce. Since predators in general are less abundant than prey, and since predators do not succeed in hunting on every occasion, and since predators do not hunt unless they are hungry, that means it is rare for such strong selective pressure to exist. Being fast has its cost. A fast animal cannot be very heavy, and it therefore must be lean. Being lean means being less powerful. The cheetah is not as powerful as a lion, leopard or hyena as a result. The cheetah loses many of its kills to stronger predators.

    A weak gazelle may lose a fight with rival males for the right to reproduce. Therefore being lean and weak may be more of a disadvantage than being slow, if the typical gazelle does not get chased very often during its lifetime (because cheetahs do not hunt very often and because there are a lot of gazelles and other prey species around). As a result, it may be unnecessary and even disadvantageous for the gazelle to evolve to be faster than the cheetah.

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  • 7 months ago

    A Prey doesn't need to run faster than the predator, just not to be the slowest of the flock... which will certainly happen one day when aging.

    This way, the predator is fed, the prey can live long enough to reproduce, and the two species flourish in ecological balance.

    Source(s): A sexual predator is chasing 2 nuns. While running, Sister Maria raise her dress up Sister Theresa: "Maria, are you sure that's a good idea?" Sister Maria: "for me, it's a good idea if I can run faster than YOU!"
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  • Cowboy
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    7 months ago

    Cheetahs are already on their way out - they won't survive this century. And, no the gazelles will never get that fast.

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  • 7 months ago

    Nah, they're gonna develop wings and fly away from cheetas.

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