Nation of Beancounters

What fraction of your ancestors were male? It’s not 50%.

Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on October 24, 2011

The “single most underappreciated fact about gender,” he said, is the ratio of our male to female ancestors. While it’s true that about half of all the people who ever lived were men, the typical male was much more likely than the typical woman to die without reproducing. Citing recent DNA research, Dr. Baumeister explained that today’s human population is descended from twice as many women as men. Maybe 80 percent of women reproduced, whereas only 40 percent of men did.

Rest of the article here. Hat tip: The Futurist

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