Checkout Your True Nature With Devolve Me

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 –

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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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10 responses to “Checkout Your True Nature With Devolve Me

  1. Cool.
    I’m going to have to add a link to this under “weird shit.”

  2. kenneth lunkins

    i always knew we were related, i have some family menbers who look just like you pic…. ha ha ha

  3. kenneth lunkins

    bill i have a problem with a new printer. i load the disk earlier this week and used it to printer out some things for english class. but yesterday i tried to print and no printer was found. i uninstall all hp thing and tried repeatedly
    to reinstall to no avail. the message i kept getting was “windows can’t open add printer. the local print spooler services is not running . pleas restart the spooler or restart machine. which i tried for a few hours with no results .
    the control panel is not show the printer. at one time it appeared to load and said printer ready to use, but when i tried i got the same message all over again.
    would you have any suggestions.
    your chiphead kenneth

    • Hi Kenneth,

      Restore your system to a point prior to installing the HP software – then reinstall the HP software. Many times this will solve this type of problem. If it doesn’t, then check to make sure that the Print Spooler service, and all its dependent services, are set to automatic.

      Keep in mind, HP software can be very fussy, and it’s important to follow the installation instructions precisely.

      If you are unsure how to adjust services, then take a look at an article I wrote some time ago – Turn Off Unnecessary Services in XP – Speedup Your PC, which will give you guidance on how to adjust system services.


  4. Bill,
    Great post! I’m continually amazed that you manage to find stuff like this really cool tool. Thanks.

    • Hi Paul,

      Actually, I read about it in the Science and Technology section of my local newspaper. A bit of whimsy, but fun.

      I have to admit, I have a couple of friends who resemble the 500,000 year old guy! 🙂

      P.S. Congrats on reaching your new level with Google’s Page Rank.

      Drop by Paul’s site, and you’ll see why Google rewarded his writing skills in such short order.



  5. PasjonatLeonaWachholza

    Hahahahahahahaha 🙂