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Is this the human face in 100,000 years?

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: June 13, 2013 - 11:59 AM

The human race is constantly evolving. Facial features morph as we naturally select traits that we feel are most attractive. If this is the case, though, how will the human race look in the next 100,000 years? A bit like anime characters, at least according to one scientist.

A specialist in computational genomics, Alan Kwan, and a researcher, Nickolay Lamm, teamed up to image the future human face. With goggle eyes, distended foreheads and orange-tanned skin, the results aren't pretty.

Human heads have been growing since our first primate ancestors appeared. Our skulls enlarged as our brains grew. This caused us to form bigger heads and flatter features. So our skulls certainly could become larger.

As for our eyes, Kwan believes that 100,000 years, it's likely that humans will have colonized space. Dimmer light there could lead to larger eyes. And darker skin could alleviate the effect of harmful UV radiation outside the Earth's protective zone.

We may also be able to blink sideways in order to protect ourselves from cosmic ray effects, have larger nostrils for inhaling off-planet environments and even have denser hair to contain heat loss from a larger head.

Perhaps most disturbing is that we could select the genetic attributes of our children, such as hair or eye color for attractive "designer babies."

Of course, this is all speculation. It's also possible that the human race could have died off in the next 100,000 years.

Read more from Science World Report.

Image: Nickolay Lamm

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