Originally Posted by Jster
I always thought that twins were referred to as maternal or paternal? Maternal being the two eggs and paternal being the egg splitting into two zygotes?
Two eggs joining two sperm makes fraternal
One egg joining one sperm and then splitting in two makes identical
Sorry, there are no maternal or paternal twins.
But, I guess the confusion could be that twins can run on either the paternal or maternal side.
I've got my babies dressed in pink and blue (always given as gifts) and I'm still asked 'oh, are they twins', then 'are they a boy and girl', then 'oh, so are they identical', then 'well, how do you tell them apart?' I think I get this every time we go out! It always makes me chuckle inside.