The Future of Human Evolution in Space

What will humans look like in the distant future? Space travel may may affect both biological and technological changes in our species.

By Ana Luiza Dias and James Maynard

The future of human evolution in space will be driven by challenges both similar — and different — to those that have guided our development for countless generations. Since our species, Homo sapiens, first evolved in Africa roughly 315,000 years ago, we haven’t changed much when it comes to physical characteristics.

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