Darwin and large families

Only a little side note really:

Charles and Emma Darwin had ten children, of whom seven survived to adulthood. Although only three provided Darwin with grandchildren,

You can see why people had large families…..if only 30% of your children provide you with grandchildren then you need a pretty good number just to keep the genes being passed on….

2 thoughts on “Darwin and large families”

  1. Erm – there’s the small matter of birth control (other than depriving one’s husband of his ‘conjugal rights’ 😉

    That said, it’s also, as you’ve pointed out, the reason people tend to have fewer children as their standard of living goes up and more of their children survive.

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