An image from the research I conducted over the summer with my school.
This theory is based on the theory of global warming and rising ocean levels. As the amount of dry land diminishes, people might look to the oceans for a new home. I’d like to make clear that I am not suggesting that we grow gills and jump in, but instead that we might develop shelters that could support us underwater.
Some characteristics that might change or become eventuated in an aquatic environment:
- Paler skin: If humans lived in any depth of water it would become more difficult for their skin to absorb the vitamin D they need from the sun, encouraging their skin to become as pale as possible to so as to more easily absorb sunlight and vitamin D.
- A larger lung capacity: Logically, If one is surrounded by water one would spend a lot of time in water. Therefore swimmers bodies would become more prevalent in that society. Wide shoulders, large rib cage, and larger lungs.
- Slightly webbed fingers/toes: to further enhance swimming ability.
- A second, transparent eyelid: to help underwater vision.
The last two point are characteristics that I don’t beleive would occur naturely, but instead might occure by human intervention via genetic engineering. Therefore they were not included in this painting, though I thought they should be noted.