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Human race will split into two different species
« on: October 27, 2007, 06:51:14 pm »
Human race will 'split into two different species'
By NIALL FIRTH

The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures, according to a top scientist.

100,000 years into the future, sexual selection could mean that two distinct breeds of human will have developed.

The alarming prediction comes from evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry from the London School of Economics, who says that the human race will have reached its physical peak by the year 3000.

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These humans will be between 6ft and 7ft tall and they will live up to 120 years.

"Physical features will be driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility that men and women have evolved to look for in potential mates," says the report, which suggests that advances in cosmetic surgery and other body modifying techniques will effectively homogenise our appearance.

Men will have symmetrical facial features, deeper voices and bigger penises, according to Curry in a report commissioned for men's satellite TV channel Bravo.

Women will all have glossy hair, smooth hairless skin, large eyes and pert breasts, according to Curry.

Racial differences will be a thing of the past as interbreeding produces a single coffee-coloured skin tone.

The future for our descendants isn't all long life, perfect bodies and chiselled features, however.

While humans will reach their peak in 1000 years' time, 10,000 years later our reliance on technology will have begun to dramatically change our appearance.

Medicine will weaken our immune system and we will begin to appear more child-like.

Dr Curry said: "The report suggests that the future of man will be a story of the good, the bad and the ugly.

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H G Wells' Science Fiction novel The Time Machine (which was later adapted into two films - this picture is from the 2002 version) the human race has evolved into two species, the highly intelligent and wealthy Eloi...

...and the frightening, animalistic Morlock (as seen in the 1960 film version of the classic book)


"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'."

Dr Curry's theory may strike a chord with readers who have read H G Wells' classic novel The Time Machine, in particular his descriptions of the Eloi and the Morlock races.

In the 1895 book, the human race has evolved into two distinct species, the highly intelligent and wealthy Eloi and the frightening, animalistic Morlock who are destined to work underground to keep the Eloi happy.

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=489653&in_page_id=1965
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Re: Human race will split into two different species
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 06:53:23 pm »
That doesnt sound very good... in the long run.
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Re: Human race will split into two different species
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2007, 10:45:27 am »
Not going to happen, sorry.
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Re: Human race will split into two different species
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007, 12:07:51 pm »
Not going to happen, sorry.

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Re: Human race will split into two different species
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2007, 07:22:42 pm »
Hehe - was this on the Onion?
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Re: Human race will split into two different species
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2007, 09:56:16 pm »
Not that I know of.  I linked to it off of Yahoo's homepage.
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Re: Human race will split into two different species
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2007, 12:28:53 pm »
One of these days I'll explain the entire thing, but for starters the human population is large and subject to any number of variable stresses unique to each person.  You might say that this is true of many (if not all) species, and you would be right, but for speciation to occur, you need a select population that is small enough and separate enough from the rest of the gene pool for a long time--otherwise any selection that occurs can be overcome by genetic drift within the world population.  So if this were to happen, we would have to split the human race in half for hundreds of thousands of years and select each half for different genes: one for brute force and one for intelligence.  Because of the increasing breakdown of highly structured society (where plumbers can sleep with millionaires and politicians can get hookers pregnant), it is highly unlikely that such a split will occur, barring a massive geologically long-term social construct--which will never happen.
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