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While discovering the names and life details of our ancestors can be challenging, we can easily determine how many ancestors we have, right? We all have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and so on. To determine the number of ancestors you have, all you have to do is grab a calculator and determine how many generations you wish to go back. That should be easy. Or is it?
For instance, here is a simple chart showing the number of ancestors you have, assuming an average of one generation every twenty-five years:
|Number of generations||Approximate years||Ancestors in this generation||Total ancestors|
As you can see, in the last 1,000 years you have a bit more than two trillion ancestors. There is only one problem with this: that far exceeds the total number of people who have ever lived on the face of the earth!
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