We can’t really be sure what the future will be like, but we can almost imagine. And it seems we will take the appearance of characters from a not so well drawn anime. Just look at those big, giant eyes. This graphic is the result of the work of Nikolay Lamm, who collaborated with computational geneticist Alan Kwan of Washington University to imagine what the human face would look like 100,000 years into the future.
Considering the highlights of the evolution:
While evolution in space is only beginning to be explored today, I would hazard a guess that millennia of human space colonization of Earth-orbit and other solar system space colonies will also select for…
1. Larger eyes in response to the dimmer environment of colonies further from the Sun than Earth.
2. More pigmented skin to alleviate the damaging impact of much more harmful UV radiation outside of the Earth’s protective ozone.
3. Thicker eyelids or a more pronounced superciliary arch to alleviate the effects low or no gravity that disrupt and disorient the eyesight of today’s astronauts on the ISS.