• Question: Do you believe in evolution, and do you think humans will continue to evolve?

    Asked by Nicolas to Sheila, Piyush, Natalia, Gary, Dimitar on 13 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: Gary Munnelly

      Gary Munnelly answered on 13 Nov 2018:

      Sure! There is a lot of evidence to support evolution ranging from fossil records to verified predictions about the structures of genetics based on evolution.

      As for whether or not the human species will continue to evolve, I don’t see why not. I think the biggest problem here is climate change. If we don’t do enough to combat the effects of climate change, then it is possible that the planet will become uninhabitable for species such as ours. In that case, we won’t get the chance to evolve any further. That’s a scary thought, but it’s a possibility that we can fight against by doing our part to care for the environment.

    • Photo: Dimitar Shterionov

      Dimitar Shterionov answered on 13 Nov 2018:

      Yes, I do believe in evolution. There is a vast amount of evidence showing that a lot of creatures have evolved from a common ancestor. Consider whales who still have vestigial bones – a remnant from what were legs. Or that we humans have that small bone at the end of our spine which used to be a tail millions of years ago.

      And yes, evolution continues all the time. One thing scientists say is that less and less we need our small toe and consecutively it will disappear. Other things like height, eye size, hair, etc. would also change due to both genetics as well as lifestyle. Of course, these changes are not drastic and will be visible after plenty of years.