June 24, 2013 – When you actually think that humans evolved from apes, it's very clear just how different we actually look from our ancient ancestors. Even compared to the earliest homo sapiens, we look much, much different.
So, it would be foolish of us to assume that the human species is all done evolving and that humans will look the way they do now forever!
Artist Nickolay Lamm partnered with a Dr. Alan Kawn, a computational geneticist, to come up with an idea of what humans could look like 20,000, 60,000, and 100,000 years in the future. They put their heads together and came up with some (literally) eye-popping digital renderings.
The image in the top left corner of this story is what they believe humans will look like in 100,000 years!
Dr. Kwan based his ideas about the humans of the future's looks by predicting what their living environments might be like, and researching how humans have evolved over the last 500 to 700 years. He believes that humans might have a larger forehead because our foreheads are currently much bigger than they were in the 1300s; why wouldn't they keep growing?
The two also came up with the idea that humans will have enormous eyes because they will be traveling in the darkness of space much more. If humans of the future are spending much more time in darkness, their eyes would have to evolve to be larger to be more sensitive to light and see better.
Along with larger eyes and foreheads, Dr. Kwan and Lamm believe general size of human heads will increase as their brains become larger, and that their skin tone will be darker to protect against UV rays.
But these predictions are just that–predictions. There is a large chance that their predictions won't end up being correct at all, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't think about what our future family members will look like.
What do you think humans will look like in the future? Will we have claws? Will we be be living in outer space? Let us know what you think the future holds for the human species!