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What Will Humans Look Like in 100,000 Years?

by Kristen Flowers


Artist Nickolay Lamm and computational genomicist Alan Kwan created a series of images of what the human face might evolve to look like in 20,000 years from now, 60,000 years from now, and 100,000 years from now. Yikes, I am kind of terrified now. 

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.


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.

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.

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