First, bacteria rules the earth, not people. Regardless, no such argument was made. We have our position in nature because of the combination of our body structure and our brains. We have a predisposition for the use of both advanced construction and logical thinking, although the second is often in doubt, and lives of sufficient extent to pass the advancements on. Even with our abilities, it still took humanity thousands of years to come up with the concept of writing. Ravens and dolphins are scary smart, but niether of them could ever build a fork, let alone a forklift. They lack opposable thumbs. The only ones with the potential to match our tool construction are other creatures with opposable thumbs, the only creatures able to match our learning capacity are ones with similar language capabilities and life spans.
Second, animals put themselves on a path to destruction with regularity, predators over hunt their prey and starve en mass, their prey balloon in population with the decreased pressure and in turn starve en mass when their own food source becomes scarce and are again brought to dangerously low levels by the predator whos populations have swelled off the abundant food provided by sick prey.
Third, refutation of specific claims is not itself a claim of perfect equality. Humans are not the only species able to rapidly adapt to a change in circumstances. That doesn't even imply that humans don't adapt the fastest, regardless of whether they do or not. Humans are not the only species to advance technology in order to obtain a goal, nor the only species to employ deception, or solve logical puzzles, or any number of claims of unique behavior among humans.
Teach a few wild chimpanzees ASL and see where they are a century from now. They employ manipulation, tactical maneuvers, weapon construction, have advanced societal structures, and show curiosity and creativity. They display everything needed to create an advanced civilization comparable to what humans have, except a language capable of processing it. Their vocal chords suck, and body language ain't real useful for science.