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Double Vision: 6 Stunning Photos of Identical Twins Who are 'Alike But Not Alike'

By Meredith Carroll |


National Geographic explores twins in the January 2012 issue. Photo copyright: Martin Schoeller

The wonders of nature are usually spoken about in reference to things, like spectacular waterfalls or breathtaking rock formations. But twins are another wonder of nature, and they are explored at length in the January 2012 issue of National Geographic:

They have the same piercing eyes. The same color hair. One may be shy, while the other loves meeting new people. Discovering why identical twins differ—despite having the same DNA—could reveal a great deal about all of us.

The issues examines “the influence of genes and the environment” in an effort to understand how nature and nurture work together to determine things like personality, behavior, and vulnerability to disease.

Take a sneak peak at some of the astonishing twin portraits in this month’s National Geographic:


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Do not adjust your eyes: They are the same, but different

Marta and Emma

The 15-year-old sisters want to go to the same university and become opera singers. They both like to draw as well but have a different approach to their art. Marta depicts finely detailed faces, while Emma prefers more expansive images: the sky, the rain, objects in motion.
Copyright: Martin Schoeller/National Geographic

All images courtesy of National Geographic

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Double Vision: 6 Stunning Photos of Identical Twins Who are 'Alike But Not Alike'

  1. Kelly says:

    The Nat Geo article doesn’t go into too many examples about identical twins who have significant differences – the autistic twins example was pretty much it (in which one twin is more severely autistic than the other). My identical twin sister and I have so many personality differences – maybe we should be studied! :) The article kind of just made twins look like freaks. ::sigh::

  2. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger says:

    Haven’t seen the magazine, but the pictures are fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

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