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Human species 'may split in two' 

BBC 17.10.06

Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said.

 Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge. The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology. People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.

 The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

Race 'ironed out'

But in the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims.

the human species split Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve, he says, while men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices and bigger penises.

Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds.

Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

 However, Dr Curry warns, in 10,000 years time humans may have paid a genetic price for relying on technology. Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals.

Receding chins

Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect. People would become less able to care for others, or perform in teams.

Physically, they would start to appear more juvenile. Chins would recede, as a result of having to chew less on processed food. There could also be health problems caused by reliance on medicine, resulting in weak immune systems. Preventing deaths would also help to preserve the genetic defects that cause cancer.

Further into the future, sexual selection - being choosy about one's partner - was likely to create more and more genetic inequality, said Dr Curry. The logical outcome would be two sub-species, "gracile" and "robust" humans similar to the Eloi and Morlocks foretold by HG Wells in his 1895 novel The Time Machine.

"While science and technology have the potential to create an ideal habitat for humanity over the next millennium, there is a possibility of a monumental genetic hangover over the subsequent millennia due to an over-reliance on technology reducing our natural capacity to resist disease, or our evolved ability to get along with each other, said Dr Curry.

He carried out the report for men's satellite TV channel Bravo.
 

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storageheater, 17 October 2006

I had to share this. I suspect it is slightly unsound, but here it is in all its glory. Note reliance on work of fiction to give weight, and the fact it's a two month study done by one man who may well have a doctorate but may well not be an expert, for a cable TV channel. But AOL are all in! They don't explain why there's a decline, either - and it doesn't take into account *any* resources or climate changes or even the adaptability of a single individual. Or perverse activities like hunting the less fortunate.

Humans 'to split into two species' (Definite!)
 
Search: Humanity's future (well, someone has to look out for it)

Social division might (maybe!) split humans into two sub-species 100,000 years from now - just as HG Wells predicted.

The higher species be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent and creative while the 'underclass' humans will be dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures, according to a study.

The forecast has been made by evolution expert Dr Oliver Curry who spent two months predicting the ascent and descent of Man over the next 100 millennia.

Novelist HG Wells forecast a similarly gloomy outcome for humanity in his novel The Time Machine. He envisaged a race of frail privileged beings, the Eloi, who live above ground in a futuristic ruined city. They are prey to the cannibalistic ape-like Morlocks who toil underground and whose ancestors are the downtrodden workers of today. (Bagsy be an Eloi. Oh, wait, they were pretty much cursed too, anyway.)
evolution cartoon

According to Dr Curry, the human race is likely to peak in the year 3,000, before collapsing into technology-driven decline.

Within a thousand years, humans will evolve into coffee-coloured giants between six and seven feet tall, he predicts. (racism has gone away! Hurrah! What about war?)

Improved nutrition and medical science will see people growing taller and fitter while life-spans are extended to 120 years.

Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve.

Men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic and have squarer jaws, deeper voices - and bigger penises.

Women on the other hand will develop lighter skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, even features and smooth hairless skin.

Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

But in 10,000 years time humans will have paid a genetic price for relying on technology.

Social skills will be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect. Humans will become less able to care for others or perform in teams.

Physically, they will start to appear more juvenile. Chins will recede, as a result of having to chew less on processed food. (what happened to the men's big chins? Isn't this like thinking rats who have had their tales cut off would have tailless babies?)

There could also be health problems caused, paradoxically, by reliance on medicine. Weak immune systems might be one result.

Much further into the future, sexual selection is likely to create more and more genetic inequality.

The logical outcome will be two sub-species, 'gracile' and 'robust' humans, representing the rich and poor from long ago in history.

Dr Curry, from the Darwin@LSE research centre at the London School of Economics, was commissioned to carry out the study by the men's satellite TV channel Bravo. (Credibility!)

He said:
"The Bravo Evolution Report suggests that the future of man will be a story of the good, the bad and the ugly.

"While science and technology have the potential to create an ideal habitat for humanity over the next millennium, there is a possibility of a monumental genetic hangover over the subsequent millennia due to an over-reliance on technology reducing our natural capacity to resist disease, or our evolved ability to get along with each other.

"After that, things could get ugly, with the possible emergence of genetic `haves' and `have-nots'.''

See also
New evidence that cosmic rays altered human evolution
The Demise of Homo sapiens

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