Family Likeness

  • 13 July, 2010 at 08:49 #558

    I wonder if anyone has noticed a family likeness from family photographs perhaps, which misses out generations? My mother says she sometimes sees a 'look' of my grandmother in me.

    atavision(noun) atavist(noun) atavistic adjective)

    The resemblance of offspring to ancestors rather than parents.
    The recurrence of any peculiarity or disease of an ancestor
    Reappearance, usually after many generations of a physical trait possessed by an ancestor.
    Reversion to an earlier or primitive type of behaviour

    (French 'atavisme' from Latin atavus – remote ancestor)

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