How does an ideal human body look (spoiler: not at all how you think)
What could make our body perfect? The question, you see, is rhetorical.
For anatomist and blogger, Alice Roberts, human perfection has nothing to do with modern, and not very modern, honestly, standards of beauty, according to Live Science. So when she created her “ideal body”, she did not think at all about how it would look in a tight dress, but about how our bodies could be improved by replacing some of their parts with parts of the animal’s body brought to biological perfection in the process of evolution.
The results presented by Roberts in the BBC Four program “Can science make me perfect” are able to surprise you. On the other hand, it’s an ideal body, even if it looks rather original, it’s hard to call awful or disgusting . And even more – such a heroine (Alice created a figure by her “standards”), you can imagine, say, in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Avatar.”
It is known that to create the model of the ideal body, Roberts collaborated with artists and biologists who helped her transform the existing human form. Together, they created Alice Roberts 2.0, still similar to humans, but with some disturbing differences: an additional layer of skin on the abdomen, elven ears (which later turned out to be feline), bulging eyeballs, lack of nipples and three toes.
Roberts admits that it took them three whole months to try to fit unusual details into the image of the body so that they did not look foreign. In an effort to realize her ideal body, Alice carried out a full-scale 3D scan, which was then used as a digital basis for a new, improved body.
It is worth noting that Alice’s “wish list” was very, very unusual. In the upper part, for example, there were large cat ears , designed to strengthen the sound, and enlarged eyes like octopuses to do away with the blind spot (the area on the retina that is not sensitive to light), dictated by the structure of our optical system.
The anatomist borrowed the birth strategy from the marsupials – this was necessary to alleviate the difficulties associated with childbirth. And as a replacement for human legs, Alice suggested the legs of ostriches, which had a large number of muscles and their concentration closer to the pelvis, which is important for better depreciation.
The internal structure of the body, although it is not obvious, has also undergone some changes. For example, the lungs were taken from birds that more efficiently treat oxygen, the spine in a chimpanzee, because it is shorter and more stable. Also Roberts thought that it would be nice for an ideal person to have more connections between coronary arteries, like dogs and guinea pigs.
It’s also interesting that Alice Roberts did not participate directly in the creation of the model, so she saw the result only when the London Science Museum exhibited the figure of Alice Roberts 2.0 in one of its halls. “Despite the fact that the body already seems rather strange, if I had more time, I would transform it even more,” she says.