Some people like to think that God created human beings in his image and placed us on this Earth the way we are. Whatever you believe, humans have been constantly evolving over our brief tenure on this planet and it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moments of any genetic mutations. If we look on a long enough timeline, we can get a nice idea of how we got where we are today.
Comic book companies like Marvel and DC have long explored the concept of genetic mutation. The ideas are becoming less science fiction and more fact with each passing day. As technologies advance beyond our wildest imaginations, what possible changes could the human race be facing?
10. Changes In Body Structure
The average human being has grown 10 centimeters over the past 20 years. This remarkable change could be due to sexual attraction towards taller mates but has more to do with the increased health benefits of our food. Our better diets are simply causing us to build more calories and have more room for growth.
9. Decreased Muscle Reliance
With continued reliance on machines and technology, human beings rely less on muscles and strength. The more we use a delivery service to bring us our favorite meal, the less time we spend building our strength in cooking our own meals or even use our legs to go out to eat. It might seem convenient, but we are allowing more risk for muscle atrophy.
8. Further Flowing From Our Primate Ancestors
Primates have an incredible DNA similarity to us. Body hair has been one step of evolution that has been transferred to us from the apes. Studies have shown that body hair is becoming less common due to the use of heating, air conditioning, and other hair removal technologies. We’ll see what the future will hold for our hair in #7.
7. A Hairless Human
Since body hair acts as a natural insulation, our continued use of clothing and improved technologies will decrease our need for body hair. Some people find body hair attractive and will tend to lean towards body hair when picking a mate for reproduction. In these cases, the gene will be passed on and continue to thrive. #6 will explore where our genetics will take us on a much grander scale.
6. Gene Flow In Human Populations
One incredible change to the human genome is the process of gene flow, also called migration. This is the process by which genes transfer from one population to the next. When any species reproduces, the genetic material is transferred from the parents to the offspring. Migration will depend on which populations have the resources to move around.