Have you ever said to someone "You have your mother’s eyes," or "You have your father’s nose"? Family resemblance is undeniable, but now you can actually pinpoint which facial features came from where.
Scientists at King’s College London studied about 1,000 female twins using 3D face mapping software to determine which parts of the face are most influenced by genetics. They found your nose is the part you’re most likely to inherit from your parents, and, more specifically, the tip of your nose is about 66 percent likely to have been passed down through your family.
Although your nose might be a noticeable family trait, there's another trait you may rarely acknowledge. The space between your nose and your lip (called the philtrum) is, in fact, the second most highly ranked area of genetic similarity.
“The notion that our genes control our face is self-evident," said professor Giovanni Montana from King’s College London. "Many of us have facial traits that clearly resemble those of our parents, and identical twins are often indistinguishable.”
To summarize, the study discovered that the areas of the face most likely to be influenced by genetics include:
The tip of the nose
Area above the lips
Inner corners of the eyes
Area below the lips
So now you can go through your family photos and see what you've passed down to your kids, or if you have your mom’s nose—or even her cheekbones.
This post was written by Amber Elias. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
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