For those of us who read and write science fiction, we’re curious how humans might look in the future. What has puzzled me for a long time is how that curiosity often trends toward a theory in which we all look the same. Is it possible, that in several thousand years, the vitality of human diversity, will meld to a singular mold?
Anthropological circles generally agree that Africa is the cradle of modern man, but a lot happened since common ancestors migrated to different continents 60,000 years ago, give or take a few thousand. Eons of environmental influence, and tight knit communities that stayed in one place, determined whether skin was light or dark, or you had eyes of blue. As geographic boundaries shrink or become non-existent, intermingling becomes more prevalent. It isn’t hard to accept that much of man’s physical diversity may shrink as well.