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If the first vampire <came> into existence

Hello, everyone,

“Costas Efthimiou is a University of Central Florida physics professor claims he has mathematic proof that the vampires–at least as they are depicted in legend–simply can’t exist. The logic goes something like this:

“On Jan 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600. A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on.”

I would appreciate, if you give your opinion for the inquiries below;

1) If the underlined part above is a subjunctive or not? I am thinking of ‘would have been’ above as a future of the past.

2) If that is a mixed conditional, then why the author chose the past tense in 'if-clause' instead of the past perfect one, since the time line has been clearly set as Jan. 1, 1600? I mean, the version - "If the first vampire had come into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been ... " would be fit to the mixed conditional.

*source;

https://www.techrepublic.com/a...oves-you-cant-exist/

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