We’re used to reading about evolutionary changes that occur over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, but it seems that a mere 650 years has brought us modern humans differently shaped skulls. We have higher foreheads and less prominent features than our ancestors from the 1300s.
Researchers have found that the shape of the human skull has changed significantly over the past 650 years.
Modern people possess less prominent features but higher foreheads than our medieval ancestors. … The two principal differences discovered were that our ancestors had more prominent features, but their cranial vault — the distance measured from the eyes to the top of the skull — was smaller.
[Via BBC News.]