TWINS PEAK; by 2131 Two Thirds of Births Will Be Multiple

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), August 21, 2001 | Go to article overview

TWINS PEAK; by 2131 Two Thirds of Births Will Be Multiple


Byline: SIMON HOUSTON

IN just over a century most of the babies born throughout the world will be twins, a new study revealed yesterday.

The rise in multiple births has nothing to do with fertility treatment or the average age of new mums - but human evolution.

Researchers TwinMajority.org say by the year 2127 most babies will be twins as each generation produces more twins than the last.

Scotland, for example, currently has 125,00 twins who account for 2.5 per cent of the population.

In 1953, the figure was nearer 50,000 cent) and that jumped to 100,000 by 1984.

The study claims the percentage is doubling every 30 years and by 2139 almost two-thirds of the population could be twins.

Some areas - such as North Uist in the Outer Hebrides - already have a higher than average ratio.

As long ago as 1985 there were twins in no fewer than 36 families ion the island which worked out to be more than twice the national average.

The reason is said to be the abundance of healthy food such as fish during eras when twins were less likely to survive because of shortages.

Also non-identical twins are more likely to produce twins themselves when they become parents. …

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