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  1. #1 DNA "Math Homework"? 
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    I'm asking on behalf of someone else.

    There are about 3 billion base pairs in human DNA.
    There are about 3 billion base pairs in chimp DNA.
    Depending on who you ask, the number of base pairs that differ is 1% ~ 19%.
    Or 30 million ~ 573 million number of different base pairs.

    Does "evolution math" reach 30 million ~ 573 million number of different base pairs?

    Original question:
    "There are billions of base pairs in our DNA and a chimp's DNA. Even if the difference is 1-19%, depending on who you ask, that's still millions of differences. How is it statistically possible for mutations and natural selection to explain this within a million generations or so?"


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    I've got no useful leads through googling for the past 2 hours.


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    Is your "friend" taking into account the size of the breeding population that's involved? And that humans at least went through at least one bottle neck event, resulting in a very small population that was closely related resulting in an increased likelyhood of DNA transcription mutations.

    Ps, what outside of creationism is "evolution math"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    Ps, what outside of creationism is "evolution math"?
    Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I think he's merely saying "if you input realistic values and crunch the numbers based on evolutionary theory".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC426913 View Post
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    Ps, what outside of creationism is "evolution math"?
    Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I think he's merely saying "if you input realistic values and crunch the numbers based on evolutionary theory".
    Thanks for the prompt correct correction!
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    is that the first thing we must take into account is the source from which the calculation base comes
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