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When creationists shake their little fists, jump up and down, and yell, “My grandpa weren’t no monkey!” I like to imagine what they must think we mean when we explain that humans and apes descended from a common ancestor. I’m pretty sure they’re thinking of some kind of monkey/human hybrid walking around in bibbed overalls. A cool web site that transforms photos with the click of a button now lets you see what your ancestor might have looked like, if the world worked the way creationists seem to think scientists say it does.

I uploaded this photo (it was harder than I thought to find an appropriate photo; they suggest you be looking straight at the camera with mouth closed. I do not close my mouth often):

One click and the system monkey-fied it thusly:

Hee hee!

Some of the other results were fun, too. The “old” filter is eerily amazing. I’m one hip granny:

While the “baby” filter is charmingly odd:

My favorite is the one in the style of Mucha:

Go have fun with it!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. Holy freakin crap, Rebecca, if you had ANY idea how much time this thing has made me waste…wow.

    I might post some of my more, shall we say, interesting morphs over in my blog sometime soon. I'm finding that I look quite consistent as an 'East Asian'

    Oh, and if I ever have a child, I think I could do a lot worse than 'Baby Rebecca' up there…adorable!

  2. When I saw your Mucha style one the first thing that popped into my head was Who's afraid of Viriginia Wolf or a Woody Allen film character, he he, but I like it. I'm just glad I don't have any photos of myself to upload and morph or I might break the Interweb. Though, then again, some of them might be an improvement on reality :)

  3. "I do not close my mouth often."

    God, don't I know it. Why don't you try letting someone else get a word in for a change? ;)

    I don't have any head-on pictures of myself — don't ask me why –, and I don't feel like snapping a new one with my iSight. Mainly because I just got up and haven't showered yet, so I don't even want to consider what ridiculous things my hair is doing at the moment. However, I ran one of my many vanity headshots (cough) through the thing. Most of the results were weird, because I wasn't looking head-on like the algorithm assumes, but nonetheless the mangaficiation produced an interesting result.

    Especially interesting because I already know what I look like as a manga character.

  4. Oh, that is so much fun! (At least until my browser froze right when I got tired of me pictures and started to fool around with other people's pics.) I like my baby and manga pictures best even though I look like a big-eyed Kewpie doll. The ape picture might be an improvement…

    Yeah, "baby Rebecca" with glasses is cute. I think glasses make the pictures more interesting; alas, I don't wear them.

    BTW, doesn't Java have a great logo?

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