18th century Feodor Vassilyev is said to have had children by two wives, each of whom only ever had twins, triplets or quadruplets. His first wife has 16 sets of twins, 7 of triplets and 4 of quads; his second had 6 sets of twins and 2 of triplets. Is there any known plausible biological explanation for this, or do we have to dismiss it as a fabrication?
I could understand a woman's body being unusually susceptible to multiple births. I can't find information on whether these women tended to have monozygotic or polyzygotic offspring, but neither option seems unviable to me. However, since it's unlikely two of Feodor's sexual partners would share such a trait, one would think to attribute it to him. Presumably there would have to be a mechanism by which paternal DNA can trigger embryo fissions, in which case I imagine the offspring would be polyzygotic.