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.
5. One World, One Human
When populations of people from all over the world start to co-mingle, the genetic makeup from different parts of the world starts to blur the lines. The result is a population of people who begin to show no visible differences and color lines due to race become blurred and we all begin to look the same. But how will our brains adapt? Find out in #4.
4. Changes To Your Brain
Computer processors are becoming faster and more complex than we ever imagined. It won’t be long until computers are able to read our thoughts (or do the thinking for us). At that time, our original brain may undergo evolutionary changes allowing us to work in conjunction with computers. Or computers will decide we don’t need our brains and will want to do our thinking for us.
3. Humans In Space
The possibility of the human race exploring other galaxies is becoming less like science fiction and more like an inevitability. We have already seen space exploration have a physical effect on the astronaut’s size and appearance. If humans decide to abandon Earth in search of life elsewhere, there is no end to the possible changes our species will face.
2. Climate Change And Us
As our climate changes and becomes more unpredictable, the chances for human evolution will increase to adapt to the changing world. Kevin Costner’s character in Waterworld developed webbed hands and feet in addition to small fish gills to help breath underwater. This might not be too far from reality. Go to #1 to find out what else might evolve with the ever-changing climate.
1. Atmospheric Adaptability
A changing climate also means a change in the Earth’s atmosphere. Many humans will not be able to survive if the air is altered in any way. Some humans will persist and develop methods to survive in different climates. The ability of your body to work in different conditions will depend on your location and your genetic makeup.
Have you noticed any of the changes beginning to occur? We only need to look at photographs of humans 100 years ago and compare them to the changes we see today. Scientists are discovering the human body has an incredible ability to adapt to changing situations and environments. We are only beginning to see the possibilities associated with our changing planet and our evolving technology.
Which ones did you find the most unbelievable? With technology changing so rapidly, do you think we will get a chance to witness the next stages of human evolution? Or do you think evolution happens on too wide of a timeline to even notice?