Okay, so Thanos ultimate goal was to "Kill half of all livings things".

But what I don't understand is, "Killing half of all living things" Lets say we have two planets with intelligent life and the population is exactly the same. You could theorize that "Killing half of all living things" could actually just wipe out one race on a single planet and save the other race and effectively not make a difference to Thanos's ultimate goal of balance in the universe.

Or was the Gauntlet and Infinity stones able to determine what species needed to be killed and therefore killing half of that species only? Or was it Thanos that instructed the infinity stones to do what they needed to do?

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  • Based on what he said in the movies, he most probably removed half of each species from existence. But it still raises question, what if a race lived on two planets, one with overpopulation and other with perfect amount of inhabitants. Then killing half of them would fix one planet, but make the second planet with problems, since they now would be missing half of people required for perfect living... And if there was only two rhinos on earth, he would kill one and effectively removing the possibility to repopulate this species out of extinction – TK-421 Aug 28 at 12:11
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    I believe there has been enough discussion about it here (basically half of Infinity War questions, I guess?). I'm not sure more would be any useful since they're usually interpretations of what the minutiae of what Thanos intended to do was. Typically pure speculation and more of a "how could this rule apply to this scenario" thing. – M.A.R. Aug 28 at 12:20
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    Completely speculating, but if he killed half of all living thing at random this would roughly mean that each species was halved. Some species may have more wiped out, others less, but overall it's half. I just assumed that he did it at random. There may be, somewhere in the universe, that a whole species is wiped out, but it's statistically unlikely. – Bee Aug 28 at 12:31
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    Might also be a dupe of this question. As @M.A.R. said, between here and SciFi.SE, I don't think there's a whole lot left to analyse. – F1Krazy Aug 28 at 12:39
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    It's a duplicate of about 17 existing questions about how exactly the Infinity Gauntlet worked. I doubt it's fruitful to speculate on the exact math of the gauntlet an 18th time. – Napoleon Wilson Aug 28 at 14:13