Overview of La Rinconada, Peru. | Johnny Haglund, Getty Images

Where We Live Dictates Who We Are: Why?

For most of humankind's existence the Earth molded us and drove human evolution. Here are 8 ways humans evolved adaptations to the planet.

Published On 07/11/2013
12:00 PM EDT
Sultan Kosen, the World's Tallest Living Man, is measured by Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum owner Tej Sundher on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Sultan Kosen of Turkey is 8 feet, 3 inches tall. | Mathew Imaging/WireImage/Getty Images
A young woman in a bikini measuring her hips at a beach. | Michael A. Keller/Corbis
A woman with different colors on her face. | Corbis
Surma boys in Ethiopia drinking fresh milk. | Remi Benali/Corbis
Chinese workers start the annual Shaoxing wine-making for the lunar calendar winter solstice at a Shaoxing winery. Shaoxing wine is one of the most famous varieties of Huangjiu, or traditional Chinese fermented rice wine, and been in production since the imperial days, and large quantities are stored in the classic Shaoxing wine containers over long periods of time. | Getty Images
A normal red blood cell (left); a sickle cell (right). | Corbis
A corpulent man leaving a pool. | Tim Garcha/Corbis