Chance? Or proof that certain celebrities have been cloned? That’s the question posed by an Instagram video comparing historic photos with images of contemporary celebrities.
And the answer is: coincidence. Although some bloggers have jokingly suggested that these actors and singers are time-travelers, any serious cloning claims are baseless.
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Among the lookalikes: actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Judy Zipper, a girl in someone’s grandmother’s 1960 yearbook. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Philip IV, who ruled Spain from 1605 to 1665 and were immortalized in several paintings by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez. Former talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and writer Henry David Thoreau. Actor Orlando Bloom and 19th century Romanian artist Nicolae Grigorescu.
A 2022 article in the journal Cell Reports found lookalikes share many of the same genes, Smithsonian magazine reported in August. The internet has made it easier for researchers to identify people with striking physical similarities.
It also fueled some claims lacking scientific evidence, such as that the aforementioned people were cloned. We rate False.