What the ‘perfect’ human body looks like, according to an evolutionary biologist

The perfect human body should have bat ears, slimy frog skin and a kangeroo pouch.

That’s according to evolutionary biologist Professor Alice Roberts, who has picked out the best animal characteristics that should be present in humans.

Writing in the Daily Mail , Roberts picks out the best features that should be added to the human body. She even illustrates the result with a 3D model that will be showcased in a BBC4 documentary called Can Science Make Me Perfect?

Even after millions of years of evolution, it appears that humankind is far from a peak specimen.

"In a way, we humans are victims of our own success because all it requires to win at evolution is that you survive long enough to pass on your genes," Roberts writes.

"Once you’ve reproduced, evolution doesn’t care quite so much about you.

"Inspired by dogs, cats, cephalopods, fish, swans and chimps, my model has a better heart with more arteries than a human being, lungs that are more efficient, eyes with no blindspots, ears that pick up sound better, legs that are more efficient, and reptilian skin which reacts fast to block damaging ultraviolet rays."

Can Science Make Me Perfect? will be shown on BBC4 on Wednesday at 9pm.

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