What human faces might look like in 100,000 years

10 posts

Niccolo and Donkey
What human faces might look like in 100,000 years

Guardian UK

Parmy Olson

September 15, 2013


Since we humans are prone to launching chemical weapons, unwittingly killing off the bee population or other factors that could lead to our extinction, it may be presumptuous to imagine what we'll look like in 100,000 years. But designer and researcher Nickolay Lamm has speculated anyway, concluding with some rather startling illustrations that suggest that we'll look a bit like the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind : large, bug eyes, huge foreheads and pigmented skin.

It's conjecture, but also more than armchair futurism. Lamm based his illustrations on discussions with Dr Alan Kwan , an expert in computational genomics from Washington University who drew up a research paper to guide Lamm's artwork.

Kwan broke down his predictions into what the human face would look like in 20,000 years, 60,000 years and 100,000 years, and they are predicated on two fundamental developments: our living environment will have changed drastically; and people will have more control over human biology and evolution , thanks to advancements in genetic engineering.

Changes in the air and light around us will lead to adjustments in our facial structure, but we'll also be able to change what facial features we're born with, based on what's genetically trendy at the time. Kwan believes that, 60,000 years from now, the evolution of our faces will essentially be moot, thanks to our ability to control the human genome.

According to Kwan and Lamm's conclusions, one of the most obvious evolutionary changes by then will be a larger head, a part of our bodies which, according to scientists, has been growing since the Middle Ages. It will keep swelling in the coming millennia to accommodate ever-expanding brains.

Our eyes will grow to Japanese anime -style proportions in the meantime, as human beings are forced to live in other colonies of the solar system and in dimmer environments farther away from the sun. As more people live outside the Earth's protective ozone layer, they'll also come into contact with increased UV radiation, and our skin – more obviously among Caucasians – will become more pigmented.

Once humans have gained "total mastery over morphological genetics", post-60,000 years from now, we'll be tweaking our children's DNA so that they're born with straight noses, regal lines and perfect facial symmetry.

Lamm says he hopes his artwork will inspire people to "create their own visions of what the future holds for our species". Much of his previous artwork has a "what if" quality to it, and tends to go viral, including his illustrations of submerged cities in a future world of rising sea levels. He is currently speaking to multiple experts and using 3D-models to illustrate what the human body might look like in 100,000 years.
Niccolo and Donkey

The Japanese are creaming their pants.


Aren't big eyes a woggy or archaic feature...

Why the reversion?

Anyway, if old-school warfare is any sort of factor in this then it would make sense that more warlike peoples would have much smaller and deep set eyes while the opposite would have the opposite of that.
Bob Dylan Roof

Note this alarming trend:

Facial Structure Of Men And Women Has Become More Similar Over Time

It is worth recalling here that sexual dimorphism was the most pronounced in archaic non-farming populations. It is time to take a stand against the neolithic manletization of the west.

Problem is that this does not take race into consideration. Who hasn't seen a couple of the same racial stock that do not differ much in appearance? (besides obviously being able to tell between the male and female)

A place like Spain has a huuuuge history of mixing between Celts, Romans, Basques, Visigoths, Moors, etc...

It could also be a way of "balancing" out or recalibration to homogenity.

People need to stop watching so much fucking anime.


Velvet paintings were prescient.


If our brains continue to increase in size our jaws will continue to become smaller. Lower ears, lower eyes, a lower, shallow, narrow nasal passage all to make space for the swelling brain. A giant forehead of course, thinner denser bone around the cranium to keep the size down without becoming brittle. As the muscles articulating the jaw become smaller so the side of the head can expand, the head is more rounded and the zygomatic arches diminish to create less pronounced cheekbones. The larger head means babies need larger softspots to allow birth and mothers needs larger more elastic vaginal canals. This spurs the continued increase in human penis size over the other primates. Machines and sedentary life allow for a decrease in average muscle mass. The increased frequency of world travel demands skin that tans and pales easily and quickly. Fingers will become long and narrow. Eye size will only increase in the long trend of pedomorphy and expressing ekotion in tje face. Which BTW, we'll have a much wider range of facial expressions and a greater range of oral noises. In a world of constant food supply, fat loses purpose and can be selected away. Height becomes a given.

Bob Dylan Roof
This seems to reflect the transition from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic, but why were Paleolithic populations able to maintain larger brains and handsome faces?