There are many different theories suggesting different ways that humans will evolve. Some scientists dedicated their life to finding clues as to where we came from, and where we will be in thousands of years. Darwin's theory states that natural selection will take it's course, while others think that humans have already reached their peak. A select few believe we will evolve to adapt to our increasingly more toxic environment, names unknown. I have my own theory, and it included several pieces of other evolution theories. I believe humans will adapt to their surroundings as well, but mostly because of our reliance on technology .
Some theories state that animals evolve faster in an isolated environment, and we do. But they also state that we are living in a connected world, and we're not isolated at all. They are wrong. With new technological advances in networking, humans are able to share information worldwide. We're more isolated than ever before. Spending more time in our homes and offices, on cell phones and laptops, slowly we're cutting ourselves off from each other. And with advances in motion sensing technology, eventually we won't have to move at all in order to communicate.
Over the next thousand years, humans will begin to look different. Natural selection will play the first role like in Darwin's theory. We will all be the same color, most likely a light brown. Humans will also reflect what most look for in a mate today. Men will have more chiseled features and naturally muscular bodies. Women will have hourglass shaped bodies and more feminine, smaller facial features. These aren't the only changes you'll be able to recognize. Humans will begin to show early signs of major bodily changes, depending on available technology of course.
Over thousands of years, our bodies will begin to change. Technological advances in communication will eventually eliminate the need for verbal communication. Our mouths and vocal cords will start to shrink. And since the senses of animals exist in a balance, our eyes will begin to grow larger because of visual communication. Humans are born natural predators and we always will be, so our eyes will always face forward. Our ears will most likely stay the same since we use them to process information from other sources besides a voice and of course for balance.
Our senses will also most likely develop new ways to sense potential health threats. Our sense of smell will be heightened and able to detect elevated levels of carbon dioxide and other green house gases. The yes will most like develop a way to sense ultraviolet light, increasing our chances of survival in a polluted world.
Much further down the line, humans will most likely develop a different way to communicate. Communication will rely on a series of facial expressions and eye movements. It may develop even further. Since our bodies naturally produce electricity, the use of some sort of built in natural radio communication could be in our future. That's just crazy talk though! That would take millions of years, if it ever happened.
Humans will also become hairless. Since the introduction of central heating and warm clothing, we will no longer have the need of built in insulation. The hair on our heads, face, and body, will all eventually disappear. With no need for hair, there will be no need for fat insulation either. Assuming that we will still have an abundant food source.
Our reliance on technology will continue to change the human race as we know it, causing us to become more and more lazy. Our ability to get along will also play a big part. Our muscles will start to shrink, and our most used extremedies will elongate. Legs will become shorter, and feet smaller. Arms and fingers will become longer, reducing our need to reach. The number of nerve endings in our hands and fingers will dramatically increase due to the increased use of our fingers and devices that require complex eye hand coordination.
Reading others' theories on evolution has always interested me. Learning about human evolution and natural selection is absolutely fascinating, and it's crazy to think about the different possibilities. By combining logic with imagination you can come up with your own theories. Are they the same, or slightly different?
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cristina on November 16, 2013:
And that's how aliens made XD
Wes from USA on May 09, 2013:
@ Will, you've basically summed up why some groups aggressively pursued "eugenics", a failed racial theory. some points on your comment: a) Poverty is a temporary economic state, not a genetic disorder. While intelligence is an indicator of future income, it certainly isn't the only one. In fact, your connections within various organizations and how you present yourself (no matter your actual IQ) is actually the most important indicator -- take a look at poverty studies in sociology.
b) Ethics. Systems were in place in the early 20th to promote eugenic policies, and they resulted in massive human-rights violations. I certainly wouldn't want to live in a society that though forced sterilization or impregnation were viable options.
c) certain genetic disorders depend on perspective: Sickle-cell anemia for example reduces blood oxygenation; but also gives immunity to malaria -- for those with the disease, and also carriers. You also have individuals like Stephen Hawking, wheelchair bound, yet one of the most brilliant scientific minds on Earth. If eugenic policies were to continue over a long enough time, it could very well reduce the genetic diversity of human populations -- making the species especially susceptible to "bottleneck" scenarios.
d) many people with family histories of cancers, genetic disorders, etc. already voluntarily get genetic-screening done. Quite a few couples that discover they may happen to be carriers for something actually do choose not to go forward with it.
e) it's more of a philosophical question, but if the supposedly "weaker" population of people already have a system in place to support their needs over the "stronger", then who is really the weak in that scenario?
f) you're assuming everyone really does have an equal shot at mating and raising children. In theory it's possible, but in practice is much, much more complex.
ArockDaNinja (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 28, 2013:
So, you're telling me that animals don't evolve to adapt to their environment? It's only dependent on desirable traits?
MyName on April 26, 2013:
you obviously didn't pay attention in biology class. natural selection occurs when animals with undesirable traits in their environment die off, but because of technological advancements we're able to adapt our environment to us.
ArockDaNinja (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 11, 2013:
I think my theories are probable. Unfortunately it's still just a theory, and we will never know what we'll become anyway.
asma tkouri on April 11, 2013:
there are many different theories suggesting different ways that humans will evolve some scientists dedicated their life to finding cluses as to where we come from and where we will be in thousands of years
Apex Titan 13 years on February 23, 2013:
if we can overcome our own desire to dystroy seemingly inferior humans we may be able to devolope to a more almost 'Sectoid' developed body and mind... but if that is not the case human conflict will increase as agresion will be elevated due to hormonal changes in the human brain to remove unnessisary evolutionary setbacks. agrresion leading to hightend testosteron and muscular devolopment leading to a more... well... Godlike apperiance... and moby a second thumb... a third lung for intake of air and less deadspace...pail skin due to increasing white population... and more volunurablilty to sunlight.
Rui Vaz on December 12, 2012:
I took a sliiiightly different approach to human evolution.
Instead of focusing on scientific models to try and predict how we will look like in the future, I brought my imagination into play and tried to see the bigger picture.
If you approach evolution from a holistic standpoint, you have to think about the whole Universe. I mean, it's not just life that is evolving. From the theoretical Big Bang to our current space-time, the Universe itself has been evolving. It has evolved from fundamental particles to stars, to planets, to life, to complex life, which roughly sums up to 13.4 billion years of evolution.
Now, I think it's fairly safe to assume that organic life is the most complex form of matter in our space-time. Humans are so complex that in ancient times many believed (and many still do) that we were created in the image of God, and were the reason why the Universe existed. Assuming that we are not, evolution will carry on, so we can ask ourselves into what form of existence will the Universe evolve? In other words, assuming that there is a purpose behind the evolution of the Universe, then we should wonder whether the purpose of that evolution is life, or something that has evolved from life; something so complex that not even we can understand: sentience, or more generally, consciousness.
It is very likely that (if we don't destroy ourselves) human "technological evolution" will allow us to transcend the biological cycle of life in the next couple of centuries. Ultimately, “life” will become as inorganic as the rest of the Universe, and all this will be done for the single purpose of preserving sentience, for preserving consciousness.
That is why, this leads me to hypothesise that pure consciousness, something that is even beyond matter, will be the last stage of evolution. I believe it is the purpose of the Universe, and this belief allows me to assume that the Universe is in itself an unimaginably complex, unimaginably intelligent living organism. Of course, this is my approach to evolution, coupled up with philosophy and religion and science, as I wrote about in Visions of Gaea.
Will on December 12, 2012:
I think the article forgets that a huge way in which natural selection takes place is through having adaptations that allow an animal to live long enough to mate. Because human's live in communities that offer assistance to the sick, poor, etc, everyone has the opportunity to pass on its genetic information. I think this will put a wrench in natural selection as we know it in the world today.
Suzie from Carson City on April 17, 2012:
Arosk......Gosh, I'm in big trouble....Most of my neighbors look like this.......very ingenius hub UP ++
Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on October 12, 2011:
Really interesting hub, wouldn't it be great to peer into the future and see what lies ahead for us? I heard now since they discovered the speed of light is not the fastest speed after all, that time travel is possible, whohooo!
Jerrico Usher from Bend, Oregon on October 07, 2011:
Nice! I wrote a hub (and used the same images lol) about this years ago called something about the end of the world... kudos
princesswithapen on October 02, 2011:
Interesting perspective on evolution ArockDaNinja.
Brandon Lobo on September 22, 2011:
Haha I love the comment of 13 fingers on each hand :-) Our typing speeds will surely be humongous!!.
William Benner from Savannah GA. on September 17, 2011:
I hate to sound pessimistic but I doubt that we will survive our own obsession with destroying ourselves! I see it more of a de-evolution and yet this was a great read!
ArockDaNinja (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 15, 2011:
13 fingers on each hand? One for each letter haha.
Zabbella from NJ-USA on September 15, 2011:
Hmmm....The number of fingers will have to increase to keep up with the technology and the ability to multi-task.
ArockDaNinja (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 14, 2011:
Rob, you know what's funny is that I didn't visualize what we'd look like first. I thought everything through and wrote it first, then realized that yes, we're going to look like little light brown aliens with colored eyes. I'm glad you picked that up.
Rob Winters on September 14, 2011:
Enjoyed reading your hub.It's a very interesting subject to speculate on. Your future humans sound very typically extra terrestrial - not surprising perhaps.Up & Interesting.
Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on September 14, 2011:
Unless something changes, everyone will also end up obese. Great article. Got me thinking.