Top Ten Most Influential Animals In Human History

The Top Ten
1 Horse The horse is an odd-toed, hoofed mammal of the taxonomic family Equidae whose sole major subspecies (Equus ferus caballus) is a domesticate, although wild subspecies have survived into the modern period. All subspecies, including the two extant ones, descend from the Pleistocene Equus ferus. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into... read more

Horses are beautiful. They love you no matter what. I also read somewhere that when you meet a horse and they like you, that horse will miss you if you don't come back. They are incredibly humane creatures, and they can actually understand more of the human language than most people think. They are amazing, definitely deserve to be #1.

By far the most important DOMESTIC animal, although mosquitos may indeed have had more actual influence by simply killing people.

The horse was used for war originally, and then for the chariot. They were also a significant part of the Mongol army.

2 Cows Cattle (Bos taurus) are large, domesticated, cloven-hooved, herbivores. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae and the most widespread species of the genus Bos. Adult females are referred to as cows and adult males are referred to as bulls.

Cattle are commonly raised as livestock for meat (beef or veal, see beef cattle), for milk (see dairy cattle), and for hides, which... read more

There my favourite animals very useful as well helping humans plow there plants, gives us milk. They also are extremely importent for the rise of capitalism. They were used to carry cargo and were used as trams before the automobile and steam-powered tram were invented. They remain very influential and important for our modern society, and I want science and YOU to make technology to make the cow more influential.

Just say that word aloud to yourself. Cows. What an amazing truth. I mean, you can't argue with that logic.

Cows are believed to be holy in the Hindu religion. Also, they served as some of the first aminals to be domesticated.

3 Mosquitoes Spanish for "small fly," mosquitoes are insects that have been known to cause various diseases. A sample of diseases caused by mosquitoes: malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus.

Oh these little pests... they are an obstacle to humans. They have carried many diseases such as malaria and West Nile Virus, and helped kill off early European civilizations in America.

Oh Mosquitos! Why do you spend your days sucking blood, making me itch, and spreading malaria!

I think it's the only animal that need to be exterminated in this planet

4 Camel A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back.

The camel was used in early attempts to cross the Sahara Desert. The Asian camel could store more water than te African camel, and when used for the first time to attempt the crossing of the Sahara, the man who crossd it, Ibn Battuta found salt deposits and became very wealthy. And when he explored African civilizations, he saw things there such as schools, universities, etc. and when he told Europe about them, this helped Europe exit the Dark Ages.

5 Dogs The dog or domestic dog (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, and is characterized by an upturning tail. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated, by hunter–gatherers over 15,000 years ago, before the development of agriculture. Due... read more

These animals light up our days with their cute appearance and their little doggy kisses.

Called man's best friend for a reason. We're so useful to each other.

Without dogs, many of us wouldn't have a reason to live.

6 Fleas Flea, the common name for the order Siphonaptera, includes 2,500 species of small flightless insects that live as external parasites of mammals and birds. Fleas live by ingesting the blood of their hosts. Adult fleas grow to about 3 millimetres (1⁄8 inch) long, are usually brown, and have bodies that are "flattened" sideways or narrow, enabling them to move through their hosts' fur or feathers. They lack wings; their hind legs are extremely well adapted for jumping. Their claws keep them from being dislodged, and their mouthparts are adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. They can leap 50 times their body length, a feat second only to jumps made by another group of insects, the superfamily more.

They spread the Black Death, and that killed off 1/3 of Europe's population.

7 Fish

Fish were a very early source of food, and without them, we would have been extinct possibly.

8 Rats Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.

They were another animal involved in the spreading of the Black Plague.

Rat's are the best!

9 Cats The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal.
It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter ranges freely and avoids human contact.

Domestic cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to kill rodents. About 60 cat breeds are recognized by various cat registries. more.

They are another significant pet, and they have influenced most of us at one point or another.

My cat is the only one that can make me happy sometimes.

10 Pig A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar, along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog.

PIGS! Pigs provide pork, and piglets are so cute

The Contenders
11 Rhinos A rhinoceros, commonly abbreviated to rhino, is a member of any of the five extant species (or numerous extinct species) of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae. (It can also refer to a member of any of the extinct species of the superfamily Rhinocerotoidea.) Two of the extant species are native to Africa, and three to South and Southeast Asia. more.

They may not be very influential in total, however, they are the main target of poaching, which is a worldwide crisis.

12 Goats The goat or domestic goat (Capra hircus) is a domesticated species of goat-antelope typically kept as livestock. It was domesticated from the wild goat (C. aegagrus) of Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. The goat is a member of the animal family Bovidae and the tribe Caprini, meaning it is closely related more.
13 Sheep The sheep is a quadrupedal, ruminant mammal typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates.
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15 Polar Bear The polar bear is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses.

Irrelevant to this list.

16 Owl Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes over 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. Exceptions include the diurnal northern more.
17 Elephant Elephants are the largest existing land animals. Three living species are currently recognised: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. They are the only surviving members of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea, extinct relatives include mammoths and mastodons. Distinctive features of elephants include a long proboscis called a trunk, tusks, large ear flaps, pillar-like legs, and tough but sensitive skin. The trunk is used for breathing, bringing food and water to the mouth, and grasping objects. Tusks, which are derived from the incisor teeth, serve both as weapons and as tools for moving objects and digging. The large ear flaps assist in more.
18 Chicken The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion as of 2011.

This needs to be higher on the list.

19 Zebra Zebras (subgenus Hippotigris) are African equines with distinctive black-and-white striped coats. There are three living species: the Grévy's zebra (Equus grevyi), plains zebra (E. quagga), and the mountain zebra (E. zebra). Zebras share the genus Equus with horses and asses, the three groups being more.
20 Donkeys
21 Beaver The beaver is a primarily nocturnal, large, semiaquatic rodent. Castor includes two extant species, the North American beaver and Eurasian beaver. Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges.

They were responsible for us expanding out west in america. Fur trappers laid the path for the america we see today. It's hard to imagine an america limited to the east of the plains.

22 Tiger The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera. It is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on orange fur with a white underside. An apex predator, it primarily preys on ungulates such as deer and wild boar. It is territorial and generally a solitary but social predator, requiring large contiguous areas of habitat, which support its requirements for prey and rearing of its offspring. Tiger cubs stay with their mother for about two years, then become independent and leave their mother's home range to establish their own. more.
23 Cheetah The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat and native to Africa and central Iran. It is the fastest land animal, estimated to be capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph) with the fastest reliably recorded speeds being 93 and 98 km/h (58 and 61 mph), and as such has several adaptations more.
24 Seagull
25 Elk
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