Wednesday, August 10, 2011
People ask me all the time how I am able to tell my boys apart.
I can't imagine why they think this would be an issue ;)
I do believe each has their own "look," but that is hard to put in to words.
One definite difference is Adam's face is fuller & wider, while Matthew's is longer and slimmer. Another difference is Adam has a birthmark on his upper right thigh, Matthew does not.
Their unchanging, proven difference though, is on their right ears.Adam's Ear
Notice Matthew's "point" on the helix of his ear, where Adam's helix is just smooth.
I researched this difference for this post, because I didn't know what to call this "point". Apparently it is called a Darwin's tubercle because Darwin first discovered/named it. Apparently there is a dominant gene for this feature, and it occurs in 10% of the population.
Wait. A dominant gene, but my two identical boys don't have the same feature??
Well, apparently this gene has "incomplete penetrance" meaning "those who possess the gene will not necessarily possess the ear tubercle." (All quoted from Wikipedia.) Case in point, my two identical boys with different ears.