11 Different Types Of Twins That Really Exist In The World

Twins are two babies born in one pregnancy. There are actually 11 types of twins that exist most of which are practically present and a few are still theoretical. Surprisingly, there are people on earth who can look alike without even related by birth. Such people are called doppelgangers.

There are over 225 million twins in this world. Around 30 out of every 1000 people are twins. 42% of twins generally have a mutual language that only they understand, and in the case of identical twins, their brain wave pattern is very similar. But types of twins do not end with identical and non-identical only. 



Check Out Diffreent types of Twins Below


1. Identical Twins


Identical twins are otherwise called Monozygotic twins, which is formed when one egg is fertilized by single sperm, and a zygote is formed which divides into two embryos. Only 3 out of 1000 babies born are identical twins.

Till today, the exact reason why a zygote divides into two embryos is unexplained. They are generally of the same gender, but they have different fingerprints. Even they are not genetically identical. But they are likely to have same IQ and personality traits. 


2. Semi Identical Twins


You know that only one sperm can fertilize one egg. But if two sperms fertilize one egg at the very same time and that egg splits into two leading to the formation of identical twins, they will be called semi-identical twins.

There are high chances of miscarriage in such scenario. Such twins have identical genes from the mother but different genes from the father. The whole process was documented in 2007. Technically, it is half-fraternal twins and half-identical twins.


3. Fraternal Twins


Dizygotic or Fraternal twins are not identical twins but born in one pregnancy. Many people have this misconception that twins are always identical. As a matter of fact, fraternal twin is the most common type. Fraternal twins are forms when two different sperms fertilize two different eggs. They may look similar but not identical. Strangely, the chances of fraternal twins vary widely as per the demographics.

In Japan, six out of 1000 births are fraternal while it is 14 in African countries. On the other hand, chances of identical twins are evenly spread across the globe. Fraternal twins can be male-male, female-female or even male-female.


4. Conjoined Twins


Conjoined twins are the most unfortunate twins formed from monozygotic twins where their body parts fail to disintegrated. Hence, they remain joined for the rest of their life in most of the cases especially if surgical separation is not possible. 1 out of 50,000 pregnancies has this awkward condition. Most of the time, brain, heart, and even livers are joined which makes it unfit for surgery. The twins can feel and taste they the other twin is feeling or eating. 


5. Parasitic Twins


Parasitic twins are a special form of conjoined twins where the fertilized egg fails to disintegration completely. But there would be two different fetuses. It could be just that one would be fully conscious while the other may be unconscious and joined in the body of the other. It will make the proper functioning of the fully conscious twin difficult. The parasitic twin can be joined in any part of the body of the fully conscious twin like a second head, limb, lump and in some cases, it is possible to remove the unconscious twin surgically. 


6. Mirror Image Twins


Mirror image twins are formed when the fertilized egg splits at a very later stage than the average time when a fertilized egg splits to form twins. The delay period could be between 9 to 12 days. This type of twins shows a lot of interesting reverse characteristics like opposite dominant hand, opposite dental structure, reverse hair swirl as if they are looking into the mirror. There are high chances of they being conjoined and 1 out of 4 identical twin pairs have the chance of becoming mirror image twins. 


7. Superfetation


The weird phenomenon of getting pregnant when a woman is already pregnant is called superfetation. There are only ten cases registered even in human history so far. This occurs due to malfunctioning of body processes when the second egg fertilizes after almost 10 days after the first one. There are high chances of the premature birth of the second child. The reason is that during the first labor, the second child is taken out thinking that it is a fraternal twin case.


8. Superfecundation


This is one of the rarest conditions even though it is highly possible depending on human mating habit. This is a sub-condition of superfetation where two eggs are fertilized one after the other by two different sperms coming from two different men. It is possible when a woman has intercourse with two different men within a week. It is very common in cats, and hence, sometimes, they differ so much in color and patterns.


9. Polar Body Twins


It is a typical condition when an egg splits in two disproportionately. The smaller of the two eggs is termed as a polar body, and it is unlikely to survive. Due to less availability of material in the split egg, polar body struggles and eventually dies when the proportional is highly uneven. The primary twin survives and stays healthy. 


10. Biracial Twins


There are three different ways by which biracial twins can take birth. The first condition is when the parents have completely different races. One twin will take after the mother and the other after the father. The second case is superfecundation when a mother has intercourse with two men of different races. The twins can take after different father or mother and any of the fathers. The third condition is when the parents are of mixed races. 


11. Heteromateral Twins


This is what you can call the height of coincidence. There are various instances that suggest twins can be born to different mothers. But in such cases, the father has to be the same. This is not a case of look alike or doppelganger. There is only one case registered so far.


12. Mixed Chromosome Twins


This is an unusual case where two fertilized eggs can merge to form one baby. The baby produced will have two distinct set of DNA, and it can only be identified by DNA analysis. Basically, the person is his/her own twin. There are many cases of such occurrence. It was discovered when DNA of the mother of a child did not match with DNA of her child.


Honorable Mention

Vanishing Twins

Though it is still a theoretical concept but many researchers believe that almost 1 out of 8 pregnancy begins with multiple zygotes and with time, it comes down to twins but finally single fetus is born. There are certain evidences to support the same as early Obstetric Ultrasonography showed extra fetus presence that disintegrated and vanished. Therefore, the chances of giving birth to twins vanish completely.

Turner Twins

Identical twins generally have the same gender except when they are Turner twins. Turner twins are identical twins of different genders due to Turner Syndrome. 


3 Interesting Facts About Mother Who Have Twins



  • Women who eat a lot of chocolates are more likely to give twins. 
  • Women who give birth to twins are more likely to live a long life. 
  • Tall women are likely to have twins and twins can interact with each other while in the womb. 

Did you know that Shakespear wrote The Comedy of Errors based on deceptive boy and girl twins after he became a father to identical boy and girl twins? How many of these types of twins have you come across in your life? Put down your comments below.


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