By: Katie Kirkman
Identical twins are monozygotic and they are one of a pair of twins that develop from a single fertilized ovum and therefore they are the same sex, have identical features, and possess the same set of 46 chromosomes. Although many people don’t know the differences between identical and fraternal twins and believe they are developed the same way, they are most definitely developed completely different. Fraternal twins are dizygotic and they do not necessarily resemble each other or the same sex because they develop from two separately fertilized ova while identical twins develop from the same fertilized ova.
Twins has a lot to do with my family because I am an identical twin with my sister and also my brothers are fraternal twins. The odd thing is that there is absolutely no history of twins in my family and usually when there is a family history of twins the family is most likely to have them. My sister and I are very similar when it comes to personality, features, and interests. On the other hand, my brothers are pretty much polar opposites of each other.
My sister and I both have very similar features with blond hair, same height, freckles and blue eyes. Although a lot of our close friends and family seemed to figure out a way to tell us apart and believe that we no longer look alike, people that just met us have a lot of difficulty figuring it out. Not only do we look alike, but also all throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school we had the same group of friends and had same interests. We both played soccer and we loved the same television shows. Although we decided to attend different colleges, we are pursuing the same major and looking for the same career in the future, which is physical therapy.
My brothers growing up had the same group of friends generally but they had completely different personalities, features, and interests. One of my brothers had red hair and freckles, while the other one has brown hair and no freckles. Also, one is a lot taller than the other. They both have different interests as one played soccer and is pursing a major of engineering, and the other played hockey and is pursing a major of business. I also believe that their personalities are very different and opposite of each other as one is easier going and one is a little more serious.
Growing up my sister and I were best friends and always did everything together while my brothers tended to have a lot of arguments and occasionally hung out together with their friends. It was interested learning about twins in the class and to see the differences between fraternal and identical twins.
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“Fraternal Twin.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fraternal%2520twin