Re: how many bastards are there, anyway?

Joe Quellen (
Tue, 13 Aug 1996 22:57:20 LOCAL

In article <4uponn$5vn$> John Savage <> writes:

> (Lee Rudolph) writes:
>>In brief, Diamond's claims are that "between 5 and 30 percent of
>>American and British babies [have been] adulterously conceived",

>I think the ballpark figure they used
>was that around 10% of children do not belong genetically to the man
>they believe to be their father.

The statistics are covered in a very engrossing book by Jared DIamond, called
*The Third Chimpanzee*, 1992, Harper Perennial, Chapter 4, The Science of
Adultery. He describes a study of blood typing and genetics which had
unexected results and was quashed. It was done in the 1940s at a "highly
respectable" US hospital. The study found that fully 10 percent of babies
were not the biological offspring of their legal fathers.

- Joe "And that was in the 40s way before Jerry Springer" Quellen