Organisms evolve to favor those whose genomes leave them best suited for their environment. Genetic diversity is crucial to ensuring the survival of the species because it provides a better likelihood that it will be able to adapt to a changing world.
Humans, however, are also shaped by technology. As we have increased tool usage and developed modern farming techniques, our bodies have adapted to fit those needs.
The state of the Earth now is on the brink of drastic change due to extreme environmental shifts brought on by climate change, as well as nanotechnology that can supplement our own immune systems and microbiomes.
Evolutionarily speaking, 1,000 years for primates isn't a really long time. However, the environmental and technological pressures that will be put on our species are dramatic enough that humans will see some differences.
AsapSCIENCE has explored these pressures and what effect it could possibly have on humans in its newest video, "Humans In 1000 Years."
What changes do you think are most likely to occur? Let us know in the comments!
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