Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Battlestar link (genetics edition)

Patrick Di Justo at The Science of Battlestar Galactica blog on "Is a human population of ~39,000 genetically viable?" Excerpt:
There are approximately 3500 military people in the fleet, and about 35,000 civilians (roughly 10 times as many civilians as soldiers). If the average age of menopause is 51, let's say that around 2/3 of the women on the civilian fleet can have at least one more child without becoming Cylon baby factories. That would work out to 2/3 of 52% of 35,000, or about 12,133 fertile women.
Which is apparently enough, if I understand him correctly.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I heard somewhere that it is believed that the number of humans dropped to 2,000 people 70,000 years ago based on DNA evidence so 39,000 is a good start.