Uncanny Resemblances: Father look-alikes


Although we each receive equal amounts of DNA from each of our parents, half from our mother and half from our father, we can still resemble one parent, over the other. It’s the exact mix of genes that we receive from each and whether they are dominant or recessive traits that determine our appearance, and whether or not we resemble one or both or our parents.

Recent research by the UNC School of Medicine reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. The research shows that although we inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations (that make us who we are instead of someone else) from each of our parents. We actually “use” more of the DNA that we inherit from our dads.

Do you find this true for your family? Do more of your family members look like their fathers?

In honor of Father’s Day this month, MyHeritage held a look-alike photo competition. We asked our readers to send in photos of family members that look like their fathers for the chance to win a MyHeritage DNA test.

The response was overwhelming! Thank you to all of our participants for sending in your wonderful photos. Many of these entries of fathers and children look like the same person!

Here are some of our favorite look-alike photos from those we received:

Patricia Canada (left) and her father, Anthony Marco during WW2, at age 18. [Submitted by Patricia Canada]
Wilbur Weigert (left) and his grandson Bailey. [Submitted by Amanda Weigert]
Gene Hilliard (left) when he was about 2 years old, and his great-grandson at the same age. [Submitted by Elizabeth Chantelle Kiphuth]
Loesha Donaldson (left) and her father. [Submitted by Loesha Donaldson]
Nicole Kafton (left) and father Kirk Tippets. [Submitted by Nicole Kafton]
Father Emmett Scott (left) and son Rollin Scott. [Submitted by Martha Elaine Scott]
Father W. Dale Brown (left) at about age 20, in the late 1930s, and his son Randall B. Brown, also at about age 20, in the late 1960s. Each was then a college student. [Submitted by Randy Brown]
John Gates Ramsay (left) with his son John Martin Ramsay, together in 1980. [Submitted by John M. Ramsay]
We were happy to reward Patritia Richards with a MyHeritage DNA kit as the winner of the look-alike competition! Patritia’s husband Bill below has an uncanny resemblance to his father.

Bill Richards (left) and his father Glenn. [Submitted by Patritia Richards]
Do the children in your family strongly resemble one parent over the other? Let us know in the comments below.

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