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From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] English genealogy
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:16:09 -0400
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Hi Tom,

That could be due to the fact that the first year took such a severe toll on the settlers. The survivors had to be very strong physically and were probably very good parents from a genetic perspective. Plus, by the fifth year, things had improved considerably.

> If it helps: 29 Mayflower immigrant couples produced 161 children. 145
> survived to adulthood. The survival rate seems unusually high for the
> circumstances.

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