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What will we look like in 100,000 years?


  History shows that over the years humans don’t stop changing due to climate and other changes, connected to our evetyday lives. Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm and Dr. Alan Kwan created a series of images showing what humans will look like 20,000 years, 60,000 years and 100,000 years in the future. You could find some of the images striking, but don’t forget that this is not a prediction, but rather one of many possibilities about how humans would change.

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The first image is an unmodified photo of a man and woman from the present.

Image: 20,000 years 

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  This one shows some changes, but they are not too major yet. Heads are a bit bigger to accommodate larger brains and those yellow rings that you see in the models’ eyes are special lenses that act kind of like Google Glass does today, but in a much more powerful way.

Image: 60, 000 years


  In this image, we’re starting to see some major changes. Heads are even larger, but the eyes have grown too. This would be a result of human colonization of the solar system, with people living farther away from the sun where there is less light. Skin pigmentation would change and our eyelids would become thicker to offer more protection against UV rays for those living outside of the Earth’s protective ozone layer.

Image: 100, 000 years


 Here Lamm predicts big changes, the most notable of which is the big eyes that may feature “eye-shine enhance low-light vision and even a sideways blink from re-constituted plica semilunaris” to offer extra protection against cosmic rays. These faces follow the golden ratio proportions and are perfectly symmetrical from left to right and have larger nostrils to make breathing in off-planet environments easier, as well as denser hair to contain heat loss from their even larger heads.


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