October 29th, 2008

gebealogy, genealogy

Confucius descendant dies

Kung Te-Cheng, a 77th-generation descendant of the philosopher Confucius, died recently at the age of 88. Confucius lived 2500 years ago, so that allows an average of 32.5 years per generation, which I guess is reasonable if you are talking about high-status men.

277 is roughly 1.5 x 1023. Estimates of the world population of humanity in 500 BC range from 100 million to 200 million. I submit that we are all descended from Confucius by one route or another; the late Mr Kung is unusual only in that his male-line descent was apparently well recorded.

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