How the Human Face Might Look In 100,000 Years [Gallery]

Artist Nickolay Lamm revealed his vision of how the human race will look after the next 100,000 years.

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The human face has changed significantly since stone age times and it’s highly predicted that it will keep changing in the future.

Today the human brain is three times the size of our primate ancestors. As our brains grew so did our heads get bigger, our skulls expanded and our features became flatter, The Daily Mail writes.

Now with the advent of wearable technology, such as Google Glass, how will our heads and faces evolve in 100,000 years from now?

This is the question posed by artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm from My Voucher Codes when he quizzed Dr Alan Kwan, who is a PhD in computational genomics from Washington University in St Louis. 

“There is a subtle but important distinction between a prediction and a hypothesis. Obviously, nobody can predict what will happen 100,000 years from now, but this is one possibility based on reasoned thought,” says the artist in his blog.

Finally the two men found out and illustrate what we might look like 20,000 years in the future, as well as 60,000 years and 100,000 years out.

Lamm revealed why he used a white man and woman: “People are reading way too much into this. I chose those two figures because they were the best frontal facing stock photos I could find.”

Dr Kwan suggested that key to men’s future evolution will be man ‘wresting control’ of the form from natural evolution and adapting human biology to suit our needs.

‘The fate of the human face will be increasingly determined by human tastes’ writes Dr Kwan, while foreheads will continue to expand as our brains continue to grow larger.

With growing mastery over human morphological genetics, the human face is predicted to become heavily biased towards features that people find fundamentally appealing: strong lines, straight nose, intense eyes, and placement of facial features that adhere to the golden ratio and symmetry.

The scientist also believes that man’s eyes will grow ‘unnervingly large’ as the human race colonizes the solar system and people start living in the dimmer environments of colonies further away from the sun.

Eyes are also predicted to change their size and shape – with new features including eye-shine enhance low-light vision and even a sideways blink from re-constituted plica semilunaris to help protect our eyes from cosmic rays.

Skin will probably become more pigmented to help alleviate the damage by harmful ultra violet radiation outside of the earth’s protective ozone.

Dr Kwan supposes that humans will have thicker eyelids and a more pronounced superciliary arch, to deal with the effects of low gravity.

Moreover, some more changes are expected to take place: larger nostrils for easier breathing in off-planet environments, denser hair to contain heat loss from a larger head, reports Forbes.

The scientist says in future a new trend will appear towards humans wishing to look as natural as possible even as there are greater numbers of technological advancements under the skin.

“Communications lenses (commlens) in contacts and miniature bone-conduction devices implanted above the ear will work in tandem,” Dr Kwan says.

“Bone-conduction devices, with embedded nanochips, will communicate with some external device for communications and entertainment.”

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