|MadSci Network: Evolution|
Hello, I know that the long-term physiological effects of the lunar or martian gravitational environment are not currently known and that experiments aboard the International Space Station are planned, but I would like to know if you think that the first generation of humans (or animals, generally speaking) being born and raised in a lower-than-on-Earth gravitational field will consist in healthy individuals, perfectly adapted to their new environment (i.e. tall and slender-framed, but nevertheless healthy), or will they consist in abnormal individuals suffering from a collection of chronic bone and muscles diseases? In other words, will a new human subspecies appear spontaneously by a quasi-lamarckian process or there will be a slow darwinian evolution with many generations of abnormal and maladjusted individuals until their genes forget definitively their terrestrial origin and shape adapted beings to the new gravitational environment? Thank you in advance, Romain
Re: Will future Mars's colonists adapt to the new gravitational environment?
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