The How Many Ancestors calculator computes the total number of ancestors a person or sexual reproducing animal has base on the number of generations going back. It also estimates the approximate time span associated with those ancestors.
INSTRUCTIONS: Enter the following:
Number of Ancestors (aN): The calculator returns the number of ancestors and the approximate time span (tS) in years. However, this can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu.
Every mammal has two biological parents. Every generation increases the total number of ancestors by a factor of 2. Therefore, the total number of ancestors is equal to:
nA = 2n
The time span is a function of the number of generations and the average time between generations:
tS = n * gT