SCOTT PAGE The notion that some large number of offspring per breeding couple, usually presented at around 40 to as many as over 200, is required to prevent the human population from deteriorating and going extinct has been presented on this board and elsewhere. This is supposed to be some huge problem for evolution, but the proponants of this posistion seem to think that merely postulating it is sufficient. I was wondering if any creationists familiar with this line of argument would be so good as to explain, in detail, how this "40 offspring per breeding couple" keeps a population form deteriorating. Specifically, I would like to see the population genetics model that describes how this works (NOTE: I am not asking about the accumulation of mutations, I am asking how - exactly - having 40 offspring overcomes this accumulation). In addition, it would do you well to present some real-life examples, for surely there must be some corroboration for so obvious and ominous a phenomenon. Thank you.