|MadSci Network: Genetics|
I actually need 3 different answers to this question, based on different assumptions, for a possible novel. If I wanted to send an expidition into deep space to establish a colony, how many unrelated, fertile mating pairs (from the same ethnic background) would be needed to form the basis of a viable colony, assuming that they would never have contact with other humans again? If the colonist practiced polygamy, with each person having three spouses, how many colonists would be needed then? The assumption here is that no couple would be allowed to mate if they had a common ancester within three generations. Is it possible to create a viable colony with a lower male:female ratio? What would the minimum ratio be? Thanks!
Re: How many people would it take to form a viable colony?
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