If it weren’t for the evolution, humanity wouldn’t be where it is today. Our continued evolution led us to become the leading species on the planet. Whether it was some magic mushroom our ancestors ate (a theory was proposed) or sheer luck, humanity has grown and evolved immensely.
At the moment, humanity considers itself to be at its peak – but where to next? What’s going to happen to humanity in the future? Will we eat another mushroom and grow wings? Or will we evolve to live underwater?
Mixing of cultures
Russel Peters, Canadian comic, said that “it’s only a matter of time until everyone is beige.” This means that mixing of cultures and ethnicity will occur, no matter what.
Transport has enabled people from all over the world (along with the countries) to embrace cultures. Nowadays, seeing races and cultures mixing is common.
Gene flow happens every time there’s an open mixing of genetic materials. Due to lack of isolation, a combination of more than two races has become a natural occurrence.
Less homogeneity and more diverse relationships
In time, genetic differences between races will slowly disintegrate. Speculations say that future generations will look nothing like they do now.
Less body hair
Chimpanzees, gorillas, and apes all have similar DNA to humans. However, they also have a lot of body hair, which acts as insulation in the wild. Humans, on the other hand, have shown a decrease in the necessity of body hair.
Since the insulation properties of body hair are replaced with clothes and modern technology, researchers say that humans of the future will have much less body hair.
However, body hair will still play a significant role in terms of sexual selection. No matter what you’ve heard, numerous researches have shown that women find body hair attractive.
The meaning of atrophy is waste away and muscle atrophy implies the deterioration of muscles. The reason why our muscles will deteriorate in future is that we’ll rely more and more on technology.
The less people rely on muscles and strength, the smaller are chances that evolution will keep the need for them. Also, space travel will lead to muscle atrophy because the lack of gravity would defy practically any use of muscles.
Over the last century, the average height of humans has increased about 4 inches (10 centimeters).
So, what would be the advantage of increased height? Could it be a higher potential to mate or simply to see better if there’s a predator close by? In fact, the answer is a whole lot simpler than that.
Over the last few centuries, famine and malnutrition have been the reason for slow growth and development, but nowadays there’s an abundance of food (in some parts of the world at least) so there’s no reason why we should stop growing.
Ultimately, the future of human evolution will be dictated by the undeniable effects of climate change.
If global warming continues, ice caps and icebergs will continue to melt and humans will have no other choice but to adapt to water-surface and underwater living.
The seconds Ice Age
In order to survive the impending Ice Age and survive the long, cold, and foodless winters, humanity will have to bulk up.
Humanity and other beings on Earth are constantly evolving. In order to survive any type of change, our bodies simply must adapt to them. Depending on where Earth and climate change take us, our bodies could change drastically.