In the grand scheme of things, homo sapiens haven’t been around on the planet for that long – just about 200,000 years. However, when compared to other human species during the past million years, we actually have bigger brains, larger skulls and flatter faces than our earlier ancestors. Interestingly, climate and dietary changes, including the advent of cooking with fire, are thought to be among the reasons for this physical evolution.
But what of the future? If the human race hangs around on the planet for another 100,000 years, what sort of changes can we expect in the physiology of our faces? And could the technology we use have an impact on what we end up looking like?
That’s what a joint project between artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm and geneticist Dr. Alan Kwan set out to explore. Moreover, the results of their collaboration are pretty startling, to say the least.