71 Times The Universe Copy-Pasted Genes To Make Relatives Look Eerily Similar

71 Times The Universe Copy-Pasted Genes To Make Relatives Look Eerily Similar

Being born is a lot like rolling up a character in an RPG, but instead of magical powers and divine gifts from the gods, we tend to get muggle-worthy stuff like uncle Roger’s elaborate eyelashes and great-grandma Betsy’s charming smile. However… How-e-ver!


From time to time, the Universe gets lazy and decides to reuse old assets, copy-pasting the same genetic information. It might think that nobody will notice because it’s been at least one generation since it’s used that particular genetic code, but it’s darn wrong. That’s how people end up looking so much like their relatives, it’s spooky and has us wondering about secret government cloning facilities (the truth is out there!).


The r/AncestryDNA subreddit is a place for people to share their heritage and genetic ancestry, as well as to document how you might be the spitting image of your relatives, some of whom might still be alive while others lived hundreds of years ago. Check the photos people posted to the community down below and, as you’re scrolling down, upvote the ones that impressed you the most. Be sure to write a comment or two about who you resemble the most in your families, dear Pandas!


#1 My Father And I At 29


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#2 My Maternal Grandmother And Me! Genes Are Funny


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#3 A Friend Of Mine Took This Picture At A Clinic. Rare Condition From Mother To Daughter


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Founded in the summer of 2017, the ‘AncestryDNA’ subreddit boasts 31.7k members, but has only 2 moderators. In our experience, that’s a sign that the community is very friendly and that the mods are able to keep everything in check without any additional help.


The rules there are pretty self-explanatory: be civil, don’t advertise random stuff. The subreddit also asks that its members don’t have others play ‘guess my ethnicity’ games, as there’s a megathread on another Reddit community dedicated to that. Bored Panda has reached out to both the r/AncestryDNA team, as well as the ‘Ancestry DNA’ firm for further comments and to confirm whether the two are directly linked or if the subreddit is a fan project.


#4 I Never Understood Why People Said I Look Like My Dad Until We Found This Picture Of My Paternal Grandma


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#5 The Genes Seem To Run Strong In My Fiancé’s Family


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#6 My Fathers Genes Run Strong My Twin!


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It’s not just our immediate family members that look just like us, however. Strangers can look identical to us, too. Many of us have had the uncanny realization that we've seen our doppelganger whether on the street or on our TV screens. It might not be a wacky coincidence, however. Geneticist Arthur Beaudet from the Baylor College of Medicine said that “people who look identical almost certainly share more DNA than two random strangers who don’t look alike.”


In other words, if you ever meet a person who has an uncanny resemblance to you, say ‘hi’ because they might be your long-lost cousin (or a clone, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). Meanwhile, I’m just hoping that Keanu Reeves and I are actually related. That would be… breathtaking.


#7 Me & My Mom’s Hs Grad Pics 2004/1971


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#8 My Great-Great Maternal Grandmother vs. Me. Amazing What Genes Get Passed Down!


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#9 My Norwegian Great-Grandmother And I Favor Quite A Bit. According To My Test (And Genealogy Maps) My Scandinavian Roots Are Only 26%, But Her Genes Must’ve Been As Strong As Her Back!


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#10 I Often Hear How I Look Like My Grandmother...thoughts?


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#11 My Son On The Left And My Dad On The Right W/My Little Sister


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#12 Me And My Great Uncle (Now vs. Wwii)


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#13 My Whole Life People Have Told Me "You Look Just Like Your Mom When She Was Your Age". I Never Saw It But When I Found This Old Picture Of My Mom (L) When She Was Little... I See It


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#14 My Half Brother On The Left And His Father On The Right (My Step Father )


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#15 Me At Age 30 vs. My Dad At Age 14


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#16 My Direct Paternal Grandfather, Born 506 Years Apart


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#17 My Paternal Grandfather And Me, I Always Thought I Looked Nothing Like My Dad Until I Saw His Dad


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#18 Me And My Great Great Uncle


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#19 Paternal Cousins Results


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#20 My Mother And I


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#21 My Niece And My Sister, Her Aunt, At 6-Years-Old


#22 Would Have Never Known I Was A Doppelganger Of My Great Grandmother (1894-1961) Without Ancestrydna. Today I Connected With My Fourth Cousin Who Sent Me This Photograph. I'm Shocked


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#23 Me And My Mum!


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#24 Picture Of Me And My Grandmother (Dad's Mom) When She Was In Her Twenties. People Say I Have Similar Features To Her. I Think She Was So Beautiful. I'm Of Mixed Ethnicity Btw


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#25 My Mom And Sister, Both At Age 6


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#26 3-Generations Me In 2019 (Left), Mom In 1992 (Bottom), And Grandma In 1974 (Top)


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#27 Me, My Dad, My Dad's Father, And Then The Origin Of My Surname. I Think I Get My Features From My Mom's Side!


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#28 My Dad And I Reconnect After 40 Years. Thanks To Ancestrydna For Matching Me With My Aunt Who Is His Sister So That We Could All Reunite


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#29 Me And My Great Grandpa 2020/1918


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#30 My Great Grandfather And My Dad - Genetics Are Crazy!


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#31 My Great Grandfather (B. 1890 - D. 1965) Was Raising A Family Of 5 And Taking Care Of His Parents At My Age Now (24) All With A $50 A Year Salary In The Deep South


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#32 My Husband And Daughter


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#33 Ancestry Helped My Father Find Out Who His Father Was! My Father(Left) Was Born In The 60’s And Grew Up Not Knowing Who His Biological Father Was. After Buying Him A Dna Test We Found Out His Father Had Passed Away But Dna Does Not Lie! Am I The Only One Who Thinks They Could Be Twins?


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#34 My Son And His 2nd Great-Grandfather. I Have Never Even Thought Of My Son As Being That Much Like Me, But The Resemblance Here Has Blown Us All Away


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#35 My Friends Newborn Baby Was Born With The Same Birthmark In Her Hair As Her Mother


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#36 My Grandmothers


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#37 Me On The Left And My Mom On The Right, Both About 2 Years Old. Can Do The Same With High School As Well Lol


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#38 Through Ancestry We Discovered That My Grandpa Was Not Actually Bio Grandfather And That This Dude Was


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#39 At Age Fifty I Found My Biological Father With Ancestry Dna. When We Started Comparing Pictures, This Pairing Really Stood Out


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#40 My Grandmother And I At Age 2


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#41 I’m Half Arab-Amazigh (Dad’s Side) And My Mom Is Italian American. I Get Told I Look A Lot Like My Mom. I Mostly Think We Have The Same Eyes!


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#42 My Grandfather And I At The Same Age


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#43 Me Compared To My Young Dad And Grandpa Today Traits


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#44 How My Dad And His 5th-Great Grandfather, Born Nearly 240 Years Prior, Compare


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#45 My Third Great Aunt Emma Jean And I


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#46 (L-To-R): Maternal Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, 2x Great-Grandfather


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#47 Me On The Left, My Grandma On The Right


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#48 Welp, I Know Where My Lips And Nose Come From. I Always Thought My Lips Were Inherited From My Maternal Side But These Are Paternal All The Way!


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#49 My Grandpa And I 40 Years Apart


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#50 Me And My Mom’s


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#51 My Uncle, Me, My Great Great Grandfather


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#52 Four Generations! It’s Interesting To See What Features We All Share


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#53 5 Generations Of Sicilian Women


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#54 Here Is 6 Generations From My Ma To My 4th Great Grandmother. Born From 1845 To 1965, A 120 Year Difference. Ancestry Dna Has Worked Wonders On My Research Into My Ma’s Family


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#55 Maternal Grandparents - (Left To Right, Top To Bottom): 1942, Age 22; 1965, Age 45; 2002, Age 82; 2005, Age 85


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#56 Paternal Lineage. Great Grandpa, Grandpa, Dad, And Ya Boi


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#57 Thanks To Ancestry, I Could Make This! 5 Generations Of Women, From Me To My Great Great Grandmother


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#58 Growing Up, I Was Always Told That I Was My Dad’s Twin. I Never Really Saw It Until Recently!


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#59 Finally Met My Father Thanks To Ancestry.dna!


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#60 Eight Generations Spanning Over Two Centuries. My X5 Great Grandfather At The End Was Born In 1785, Fought In The War Of 1812, And Died In The 1870's. I Enhanced And Colorized His Ca. 1849 Daguerreotype. His Son Was In The Civil War And Was Injured At Gettysburg


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#61 My 95 Year Old Grandfather's Results Have Come! (French-Canadian)


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#62 My Maternal Line, 6 Generations From The Hungarian Part Of Romania


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#63 My Grandmother, Mother, And Me— We’re More Alike In Personality Than Looks I Think


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#64 Greatgrandma And I Around The Same Age


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#65 My Amazing Calabrese (Italian) Lineage


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#66 My Swiss/Austrian 2x Great Grandma Had Some Incredibly Strong Genes


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#67 My Parents & Me. When I Was Growing Up My Mom Used To Get Asked If She Was The Babysitter Or Nanny. Everyone Assumed That Because She’s Afro-Latina And I Didn’t Have Big Curly Hair Or Tanned Skin Before Puberty


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#68 Saw A Couple Of These Today And Wanted To Add Mine As I Only Recently Saw These Pictures For The First Time. Direct Paternal Line From My Slovene Great-Grandfather To Me!


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#69 Four Generations Of Maternal Lineage. Mostly Of Volga German Decent! Great Grandma And Grandma Also Had Red Hair


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#70 I Figured Why Not. The Women Of My Life!


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#71 Myself On Left, Great Grandmother On Right. Can’t Believe She Gave Me Only 1/8 Of My Genes!


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