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The strange future of mankind

22/10/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Evolution study reveals what man will look like in year 3000 and beyond.

The human species is set to evolve within a thousand years into a 'coffee' coloured race of 6 1/2 foot giants who can live up for up to 120 years, according to the findings of a new research project.

Evolution expert Dr Oliver Curry of the Darwin@LSE research centre at LSE embarked on a two month project to investigate the impact of technological, biological and environmental factors on the future evolution of man over the next 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000 years.

The report predicts that the human species is set to reach its peak in the year 3000, growing taller and living longer thanks to improved nutrition, lifestyles and increased medical knowledge. They will also modify themselves - through technology or otherwise - to attract partners and will therefore be better looking. 'Race' will also be a thing of the past - by the year 3000 all humans will have 'coffee' coloured skin.

However, the research also predicts that after 10,000 years mankind's reliance on technology will allow genes to degenerate; for example, the immune system will deteriorate through an over-reliance on medicine.

Looking further into the future, 100,000 years from now, thousands of years of mate choice and sexual selection will create greater and greater genetic inequality, which could see humans diverge into two separate sub-species - a genetic upper class and a genetic underclass.

The Bravo Evolution Report was researched and prepared by Dr Oliver Curry, of the Darwin@LSE research centre at LSE for Bravo TV.

Dr Curry told, 'The 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 the 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".'

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