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  •  so all I need is a few thousand females (1+ / 0-)
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    to make it genetically through the next bottleneck.

    Best get started.

    Guess I better not be too picky

    •  about 6,000 is the optimum minimum (1+ / 0-)
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      population for genetic diversity.

      At least according to most high-tech scifi authors on the subject, the ones I read at least, all of whom are actual scientists in their day job life, like astrophysicists and mathematicians and chemical engineers, etc.

      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

      by Angie in WA State on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:08:53 PM PST

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      •  The minimum with reasonable management. As (1+ / 0-)
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        long as there aren't genetically stupid social constructs like polygamy and luck enough to not have any seriously bad mutations, a population starting with that many can stay relatively healthy for a long time. Bad luck or stupidity can alter that very quickly.

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

        by FarWestGirl on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:12:33 PM PST

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