The 'Relative' Importance of Genealogical Lines

Reel, Jeffrey
July 2005
Macrobiotics Today;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p39
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's views regarding the relative importance of genealogy. He says that he has no ancestral bragging rights of his own, although family history has it that his grandfather was one of the first paramecium to attempt to undergo mitosis. The fact of the matter is, going back a mere ten generations in his family tree introduces him to 512 individual family lines, and by tracing his lineage back just 20 more generations, he discovers his genealogical lines had branched out to include 300 million direct descendants in a world populated at that time by... well, 300 million people.


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