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The more wives polygamist men had, the less fertile they appeared to be, according to research published over the weekend.

The more wives polygamist men had, the less fertile they appeared to be, according to research published over the weekend.

Scientists at Indiana University said that fertility of a man decreased in proportion to every extra wife he married.

They looked at the family histories of 186,000 adults and 630,000 children who lived between 1830 and 1894 in Utah, including those of Brigham Young, the leader of the Mormon Church, who had 55 wives — but only 56 children.

Dr. Michael Wade told the Observer newspaper: “The data show that for every new woman added to a male’s household, the number of children that each wife produced went down by one.”

The team speculated that having to satisfy so many sexual partners exhausted a man’s sperm count.

 
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