How The Human Face May Appear in a Million Years
Scientists have reportedly created an image of the human face of the future, and we now know what our species will likely look like in the near future.
But how much has our appearance altered since the emergence of humans?
Over the past two million years, the ‘face’ of humanity has altered dramatically. However, this change has not ceased. According to researchers, our face is still undergoing change and will continue to evolve in order to better meet new needs.
Scientists predict that while some facial functions will remain unchanged in the future, others will have to adapt to new realities and circumstances.
To get along with others and be able to coexist, facial expressions became less scary and more congenial.
Furthermore, the human face has evolved to become the most expressive species on Earth.
But the question that has perplexed analysts is, what will the future look like? According to renowned specialists, there are already signs that the mystery can be solved.
One of the important modifications is directly tied to the evolution of the brain’s size, which allows us to have more expressive options because we are social, cooperative beings that require these traits.
As with the age-old conundrum of which came first, the egg or the chicken, it is unclear whether we are expressive because we possess a brain that enables us to be so, or if our brain has become better suited as a result of our expressiveness.
Moreover, the fact that the face is so common among people, as everyone who sees a face recognizes it as a face, does not indicate that this trait is abundant in nature.
Penny Spikins, a palaeolithic archaeologist at York University, asserts, “Our eyes are quite close together and face forward, our dental arches are disproportionately short compared to the rest of our bodies, and we have smaller teeth.” In other words, the physical traits of our face are atypical.”
What you eat will essentially sculpt your face…
David Perrett, a researcher at the University of Saint Andrews and author of the book “In Your Facial: The New Science of Human Attraction,” argues that the shifting food changes the face shape.
Since the common ancestor humans shared with chimpanzees about 6 to 7 million years ago, our faces have evolved significantly.
The primary markers include a diminished brow crest, a flattened forehead, and a less prominent nose and chin.
Our earliest ancestors were characterized by a high forehead, prominent nose, and strong chin.
Professor Erik Trinkaus of the University of Washington’s Department of Anthropology states, “The basic structure of the human face originated approximately two million years ago, and subsequent alterations have reinforced the steady reduction of subgroups.”
If the human skull continues to evolve, experts anticipate that its cranial proportions will become more juvenile, resulting in a smaller face with proportionally larger eye orbits, a smaller chin, and a more globular and developed cranial vault.
That would be expected if a phenomenon known as “neoteny” happens, which would mean that people would truly preserve their youthful appearance when they approach adulthood.
Face of the future: a smaller face and a larger brain?
In other words, the man of the future will likely have a smaller face and a larger skull than men today, according to specialists.
However, in order for this evolution to occur, experts believe that the female pelvis, whose birth canal is already exceedingly tiny and the reason why many infants are delivered prematurely and must mature postnatally, must undergo a transformation.