End of evolution

End of evolution

Illustration showing stages in the evolution of humans

What will we look like in the future?

The same, according to Professor Steve Jones from the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London.

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He has said that human evolution is slowing down and we are as evolved as we are ever likely to become.

Evolution is driven by natural selection and mutation, in harsh environments where people are in competition to survive.

In most of the world outside Africa, we are living longer and having less children later in life.

The raw material of evolution is being depleted, so there's only so much left to change.

First broadcast October 2008