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Watch A Single Cell Transform Into A Whole Organism In Six Pulsating Minutes
By Yoon Sann Wong, 11 Feb 2019
Self-taught documentary photographer and filmmaker Jan van IJken has created an arresting short film titled Becoming that shows the “miraculous genesis of animal life,” specifically, the creation of a Salamander from fertilization to hatching.
The Dutch creative explains on his website, “In the film, we can observe a universal process which normally is invisible: the very beginning of an animal’s life. A single cell is transformed into a complete, complex living organism with a beating heart and running bloodstream… All stages of embryogenesis can be seen in this film: cleavage, gastrulation, neurulation and organogenesis. Time was condensed from about 3 weeks to 6 minutes.”
Becoming recently made it to Vimeo’s ‘Staff Picks’, where it has garnered close to one million views since its upload five days ago. The film bagged the award for ‘Best Short Documentary’ at the 2018 Innsbruck Nature Film Festival.
[via Aeon Video, main image via video screenshot]
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