Twin fetuses and twin myths

Luisa Bocconoi, Chiara Boschetto, Elena Caravelli, Alessandra Kustermann, Umberto Nicolini, Sarah Salmona, Beatrice Tassis, Laura Villa, Cinzia Zoppini

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Since time immemorial twin births have been perceived as an extraordinary, often disquieting phenomenon. Many legends and myths flourished around their origins. Twins were thought to be the result of adultery, considered as the incarnation of evil spirits and ancestors, or, as in the myth of Castor and Pollux, one was regarded as having godly origins and the other not.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment of Normal Fetal Movements: The First 25 Weeks of Gestation
PublisherSpringer Milan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9788847014015
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Behavioural individuality
  • Bereavement
  • Communication
  • Dichorionic
  • Intrapair stimulation
  • Maternal emotions
  • Monochorionic
  • Monozygotic
  • Myths
  • Zygosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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