Human species ‘may split in two’


Different human sub-species predicted by Dr Oliver Curry

Humanity may split into an elite and an underclass, says Dr Curry

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.

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.


6 thoughts on “Human species ‘may split in two’

  1. Isabelle

    OMG….. if it’s true then I see not a very bright future for us.
    I mean this can only lead to genetic malfunctioning for to a point the same genes will run across the population! Is that what I understood. Or we will closely be related depending on which group we will belong to.
    Errrr……  Can someone give me good news for the future??? That’s a far future but it is freaky to imagine that! The shorter figure in the pic is horrible! 

  2. Skye & Starr

    Gosh Kate! this is an abolutely fascinating piece! What a future it must be and pretty much doom and gloom. sounds much like that movie gattaca except that there is even more distinct difference in appearance according to this article.
    Anyway, i cannot help but notice that you are an nlp practitioner!! How amazing, me and skye are really working hard trying to improve ourselves and lifestyle in more ways than one! It would be amazing if you could advise us on tips that would hellp us…
    have a wonderful day kate and thanks for the amazing entry! Now i have a lot to think about!
    Lotsa loves

  3. Ye Olde

    Hi Kate,
    I saw this on the Daily Mail web site, where some wit had commented that the illustrious Dr .Curry should in fact stop reading H.G. Wells Time machine and perhaps come up with his own theory ( Eloi & Morlocks ).
    This could take you down several paths, depending upon what your view of the future is….
    The Starfleet view, the armageddonist view, the " greys " time traveller view…. its all hypothesis, after all, we ( the human race ) have been around for quite some time now, why have we not already become these creatures that Dr. Curry is describing, as he is only talking about 1000 years.( actually some might say that that HAS already started to happen, looking round at some of the folks round here! )
    In 10000 years we could be in different star systems, the ocean floor , or even into stardust , blown apart by intercontinental missiles.
    I know something,… i wont be around to see it… unless of course you believe in reincarnation……..
    Enough of that.. are you still watching whales? how far offshore are they, and do you ever get boats to get a bit closer?
    We have turned the clocks back here now, and its dark at 5pm…. winter is on its way, bringing with it the delights of xmas excesses,and snowbound traffic, mmmm I can’t wait!
    On that note i will leave you,
    Have a good week
    take care
    see you soon
    woof woof x

  4. Kenneth

    Sounds like modern man v Neanderthal man all over again, and we all know what became of the latter.
    Anyway it will never fly, what man on Earth would want to be 7ft tall and hung like a donkey.
    Erm, yes , well on second thoughts.


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