Can twins have different fathers?

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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The release of two eggs at a time and then being fertilized by two different men in a short period of time?
Originally Posted by shelli
I would think that this is possible.
Yes this is true. Funny you mention it cause it was on Maury today.

twins with different fathers
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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.
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.
OKay- cool- I told my mom she must have hears wrong! I gues she was right!
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Wow. 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!
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.
Originally Posted by medussa
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! ) 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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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.
Originally Posted by medussa
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! ) 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...
Originally Posted by Gemini13
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.
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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That's weird! I would be
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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I was JUST going to post that.

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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.
Originally Posted by medussa
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.

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.
Originally Posted by medussa
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.
Originally Posted by iris427
Isn't it amazing how this all happens? It's a wonder we get pregnant at all.
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.
Originally Posted by medussa
Wow, I didn' t know that was rare, I thought it was normal. I have cousins who are identical twins - boy - girl.
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.
Originally Posted by medussa
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.
Originally Posted by iris427
Isn't it amazing how this all happens? It's a wonder we get pregnant at all.
Originally Posted by medussa
Yep or that any baby is carried to term--so much can go wrong at every stage. It really is amazing

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.
Originally Posted by medussa
Wow, I didn' t know that was rare, I thought it was normal. I have cousins who are identical twins - boy - girl.
Originally Posted by Josephine
Yep, the vast majority of boy- girl twins are fraternal twins.
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