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Can twins have different fathers?

shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
My mom watched a show on the discovey channel and she swears she heard them said that twins (obviously not identical) can be born from different fathers. I don't believe that- or at least, I don't understand it...How??? The release of two eggs at a time and then being fertilized by two different men in a short period of time? Does this happen often?
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  • SigiSigi Posts: 2,379Registered Users
    shelli wrote:
    The release of two eggs at a time and then being fertilized by two different men in a short period of time?

    I would think that this is possible.
  • gggg Posts: 1,865Registered Users
    Yes this is true. Funny you mention it cause it was on Maury today.

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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    Actually, there has been a case where an Arab man married an American woman (both were brunettes, btw). They got twins, one blonde and blue eyed, and one brunette and dark eyes.

    Turns out that his wife had sex with him and then after a very short period (maybe within less than 30 mins) had sex with another man.

    The last thing I heard is that the husband was getting a divorce and wanted both twins. He only got to keep the brunette, while the blonde daughter went to her real father (even though she had no idea who her real father is since she was raised by her non biological father).

    This happened in the US btw.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.
  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    OKay- cool- I told my mom she must have hears wrong! I gues she was right!
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    Wow. :o I brought up this question in health education in the early 80s in high school & got a serious laughing & jeering at by peer students & the teacher!
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    medussa wrote:
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.

    Interesting, I always assumed that if you released two eggs it would happen at the same time... But- they don't necessarily have to be released at different times. Because sperm can live for several days, it would be possible for the sperm of two (or more! :shock: ) men to be waiting to fertilize the eggs as soon as ovulation occured.

    Bizarre about the identical twins of different sexes. Wonder how that happens...
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Gemini13 wrote:
    medussa wrote:
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.

    Interesting, I always assumed that if you released two eggs it would happen at the same time... But- they don't necessarily have to be released at different times. Because sperm can live for several days, it would be possible for the sperm of two (or more! :shock: ) men to be waiting to fertilize the eggs as soon as ovulation occured.

    Bizarre about the identical twins of different sexes. Wonder how that happens...

    Absolutely. You are right. That is how it would happen in most cases. I was just sharing the information that was on this show I watched. Sorry for the confusion. 8)
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    This was also an episode of Grey's Anatomy. There was a woman expecting twins and somehow it was discovered that it was from two different men.
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  • MeganMegan Posts: 335Registered Users
    That's weird! I would be :oops:
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    This was also an episode of Grey's Anatomy. There was a woman expecting twins and somehow it was discovered that it was from two different men.

    I was JUST going to post that. :lol:

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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    medussa wrote:
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.

    They said the identical twins of different sexes worked something like this:

    if the egg or sperm has an extra X chromosome (the egg is XX or the sperm is XY), the fertilized egg would be XXY. Then, if the fertilized egg doesn't split equally, you can get twins that would be XX and XY. They would be "identical" in the sense that all their other chromosomes would be the same and they would be monozygotic. But they would not actually have the exact same DNA like most identical twins have.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    iris427 wrote:
    medussa wrote:
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.

    They said the identical twins of different sexes worked something like this:

    if the egg or sperm has an extra X chromosome (the egg is XX or the sperm is XY), the fertilized egg would be XXY. Then, if the fertilized egg doesn't split equally, you can get twins that would be XX and XY. They would be "identical" in the sense that all their other chromosomes would be the same and they would be monozygotic. But they would not actually have the exact same DNA like most identical twins have.

    Isn't it amazing how this all happens? It's a wonder we get pregnant at all. :lol:
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    medussa wrote:
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.

    Wow, I didn' t know that was rare, I thought it was normal. I have cousins who are identical twins - boy - girl.
  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    medussa wrote:
    iris427 wrote:
    medussa wrote:
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.

    They said the identical twins of different sexes worked something like this:

    if the egg or sperm has an extra X chromosome (the egg is XX or the sperm is XY), the fertilized egg would be XXY. Then, if the fertilized egg doesn't split equally, you can get twins that would be XX and XY. They would be "identical" in the sense that all their other chromosomes would be the same and they would be monozygotic. But they would not actually have the exact same DNA like most identical twins have.

    Isn't it amazing how this all happens? It's a wonder we get pregnant at all. :lol:

    Yep or that any baby is carried to term--so much can go wrong at every stage. It really is amazing
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Josephine wrote:
    medussa wrote:
    I was just watched In the Womb: Multiples, on the National Geographic channel, 2 weeks ago. They state that an egg can be released within 24 hours of the other. If that is true, then it's possible for twins to have different fathers.

    I even learned that identical twins can be boy/girl twins. It's rare, but it can happen. I forgot how they explained it. Interesting stuff.

    Wow, I didn' t know that was rare, I thought it was normal. I have cousins who are identical twins - boy - girl.

    Yep, the vast majority of boy- girl twins are fraternal twins.
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