Lucy and Maria Alymer (pictured above) are twin sisters. Yes, that’s right: TWINS! Born in 1997 to a white father and half-Jamaican mother, the set of fraternal pair were quickly identified as a natural miracle. Lucy was born with white skin, red hair and blue eyes whereas Maria was born with brown skin and brown eyes.
The twins were no stranger to the disbelief of many of their acquaintances. Lucy goes on to recall their upbringing:
“No one ever believes we are twins. Even when we dress alike, we still don’t look like sisters, let alone twins. Friends have even made us produce our birth certificates to prove it.”
The twins recently went on Good Morning Britain to speak on their experience as twins.
Maria and Lucy are just 2 of the 5 children that make up the Aylmer family. Take a peak at their recent family photo below:
Fraternal twins inherit different genes from their respective eggs. In the case of the Alymer twins, their mother Donna, carries genes for black and white skin, hence Maria inherited one code and her twin sister Lucy inherited another.
Instances like these are so rare, it was estimated that such a rare occurrence was only 1 in a million. It was later reported to be closer to 1 in 500 after a similar case was recorded. This time, the parents, Alison Spooner and Dean Durrant in Michigan birthed two sets of black and white twins just 7 years apart:
Then there’s the case of twins Kian and Remee born to Kylee Hodgson and Remi Horder in 2005.
Do twins run in your family? Has a similar occurrence happened to you? Discuss below!