The truth is that we need invertebrates but they don't need us. If human beings were to disappear tomorrow, the world would go on with little change... But if invertebrates were to disappear, I doubt that the human species could last more than a few months.

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Wilson, Edward Osborne. "The Little Things That Run the World." The opening of the invertebrates exhibit. 7 May 1987. National Zoological Park, Washington, DC, USA. Address.