I was looking at cute baby animal pictures on the internet yesterday when some thoughts started popping into my head. Especially when I noticed how human like baby monkeys and apes appeared.
What would animals evolve into from here on out? Especially apes and monkeys, provided life on earth keeps going on living of course. Would or will apes and monkeys become more human like? Would they be better at being human than we current humans are?
What about other life forms - would they become much more intelligent? What forms might other animals evolve into?
What New Species might evolve in future life here on earth? and ... What Old Species might leave us?
As long as there are other great-apes they will probably have the same edge our branch did. Remember, we are the final combination of at least 3 other branches of the great-apes, so other Human species have become extinct.
Apart from that many creatures share the requirements of; Communal/social bonding Tool use Language Understanding the passing of time Translocational thought (eg. the ability to plan a route from possible options) Handing on knowledge.
I suspect that if apes were not the main contenders, rodents would be in a good position to take the lead.