Today: A typical-looking man and woman. Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

Today: A typical-looking man and woman. Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

The Evolution of the Human Face

The human face might make a huge transformation in the future. Nickolay Lamm, an artist from the U.K site MyVoucherCodes.co.uk worked with an expert in genomics to create pictures of what the human face may look like in 20,000, 60,000,and 100,000 years from now.

There are two possible scenarios concerning the evolution of the human face. The first scenario is humans having control over of the human genome. As a result genetic traits can be selected and genetic disorders can be eliminated completely. The second scenario is that natural human evolution will continue and facial features will undergo a change.

In 20,000 years from now it is believed that humans will have a larger head to accommodate a larger brain. Aside from that no other dramatic changes will be made. In 60,000 years the head may grow even larger in addition to the eyes. Humans will also have thicker eyelids and darker skin for protection against UV rays and in 100,000 these features will become even more pronounced.

Overall, it is believed that the human face as we know it will undergo a very prominent change as centuries go by. Although far from understated these changes will help to protect humans from harsher environmental conditions.

The Human Face in 20,000 years

In 20,000 years: Humans have a larger head with a forehead that is subtly too large. A future “communications lens” is represented by the yellow ring around their eyes. These lenses will be the ‘Google Glass’ of the future. Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

In 60,000 years: Human beings have even larger heads, larger eyes and pigmented skin. A pronounced superciliary arch makes for a darker area below eyebrows. Miniature bone-conduction devices may be implanted above the ear now to work with communications lenses. Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

In 60,000 years: Human beings have even larger heads, larger eyes and pigmented skin. A pronounced superciliary arch makes for a darker area below eyebrows. Miniature bone-conduction devices may be implanted above the ear now to work with communications lenses. Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

In 100,000 years: The human face is proportioned to the 'golden ratio,' though it features unnervingly large eyes. There is green “eye shine” from the tapetum lucidum, and a more pronounced superciliary arch. A sideways blink of the reintroduced plica semilunaris seen in the light gray areas of the eyes, while miniature bone-conduction devices implanted above the ear work with the communications lenses on the eyes. Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

In 100,000 years: The human face is proportioned to the ‘golden ratio,’ though it features unnervingly large eyes. There is green “eye shine” from the tapetum lucidum, and a more pronounced superciliary arch. A sideways blink of the reintroduced plica semilunaris seen in the light gray areas of the eyes, while miniature bone-conduction devices implanted above the ear work with the communications lenses on the eyes. Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

Source:

The Human Face: How will we Look in 100,000 years?
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/What-The-Human-Face-Might-Look-Like-100-000-Years-4588855.php

How The Human Face Might Look In 100,000 Years
http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/06/07/how-the-human-face-might-look-in-100000-years/