Back in the early 1990s, I was enthralled by the early releases of morphing software – most of which were free. I was blown away with my newfound ability to transition myself into a Tiger, for example – or, another person. The transition possibilities, in fact, were virtually limitless.
Britain’s Open University has taken this technology, and in an unusual twist, has developed an online morphing tool kit (Devolve Me), that allows you to take a peek at what you might have looked like at various stages in our evolutionary past.
Australopithecus afarensis – 3.7 million years ago.
Homo habilis – 2.2 million years ago.
Homo erectus – 1.8 million years ago.
Homo heidelbergensis – 500,000 years ago.
The process is fairly simple – starting with you uploading your pic to the site (as I’ve done here) – adjusting the pic’s parameters – then choosing any one of the four programed stages in humankind’s evolutionary development –
This one’s not too far off what I look like some mornings!
Using the “slide bar” function (as illustrated in the following screen capture), provides an opportunity to view intermediate stage development.
Where you stand on the issue of Evolution is a personal choice. It’s not my intend to question your personal beliefs. For those of us who are convinced that Evolution is a well established fact, this small tool is an interesting curiosity.
To take a trip into your evolutionary past, go here.
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