ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Heteropaternal Superfecundation: How Twins With One Mother Can Have Two Different Fathers

Updated on March 7, 2014

Heteropaternal Superfecundation

The past decade has been filled with many history making events. 9/11, War in Iraq, a recession, and so many other tragic deaths and events to mention that it leaves a person with a heavy heart when thinking back over the first ten years of the century. One historical and rare event that had a bizarre twist was the incidence of heteropaternal superfecundation. The definition should sound familiar to Days of Our Lives fans.

Superfecundation is the fertilization of more than one egg (ovum), during separate acts of sexual intercourse in the same menstrual cycle. Naturally, this will always result in fraternal twins since two different eggs have been fertilized. If the two sexual acts that occur during the same cycle are with two different men, then there would be one mother, one set of twins, and TWO fathers. So, Lucas and EJ being the biological fathers of Allie and Johnny, and Sami delivering them as fraternal twins is not so far fetched! This should make sense to Days fans.

Real Life Story

This soap opera is real life for one couple in Dallas, Texas. The mother began to worry when she noticed that her 11 month old twins had noticeably different facial features, and confessed to an affair. DNA results revealed that there was a 99.9% chance that the twins had different fathers. The man forgave her and the he plans to raise both boys as his own, along with their mother.

Although the incidence of heteropaternal superfecundation is very rare, there have been a few documented cases. The first one being in 1810 when a young white female gave birth to one white baby and one of mixed race. Now here is where the family tree takes a strange twist, the twins would be half siblings! Imagine explaining that one at a family reunion!

Heteropaternal superfecundation can even be found in Greek mythology. Hercules and Iphicles, twins, have different fathers. One is the son of Greek god Zeus and the other is the son of a mortal man.


So ladies not only is there the increased risk of STDs and unplanned pregnancies with having multiple sex partners, you have the possiblity of heteropaternal superfecundation, especially when twins run in the family. Dealing with one father is hard enough, imagine explaining to two different men that they are a father of one twin each in a set of newborns to a woman they both know they had a sexual encounter with. Plus, dealing with the relationship status of the woman and these two men who are now in shock.

So Days of Our Lives fans, Sami could have actually have had twins with different fathers. So if you are not a fan of the soap opera and find yourself in this situation, you might enjoying watching these episodes. And you thought that they only made things up on the soaps.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Lamme profile image

      Lamme 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting article! I'm rating it up.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)