Picturing how our species might appear in the far future often invites wild speculation over stand-out features such as height, brain size, and skin complexion. Yet subtle shifts in our anatomy today demonstrate how unpredictable evolution can be.
Take something as mundane as an extra blood vessel in our arms, which going by current trends could be common place within just a few generations.
Researchers from Flinders University and the University of Adelaide in Australia have noticed an artery that temporarily runs down the center of our forearms while we’re still in the womb isn’t vanishing as often as it used to.
That means there are more adults than ever running around with what amounts to be an extra channel of vascular tissue flowing under their wrist.
“Since the 18th century, anatomists have been studying the prevalence of this artery