February 7, 2019 7:28 AM   Subscribe

A 6-minute timelapse of the development of the alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris from single-cell zygote to hatched larva, by Dutch photographer/filmmaker Jan van IJken (SLVimeo).
posted by elgilito (10 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
This world is a magical world.
posted by Bob Regular at 7:58 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]

Just had a lecture on embryonic development in neuroscience class yesterday...immediately posted this to class discussion forum. Gorgeous!
posted by lazaruslong at 8:04 AM on February 7

Amazing. Uncanny.
posted by gwint at 8:23 AM on February 7

That was gorgeous and fascinating.
posted by verschollen at 9:45 AM on February 7

This is stunning.
posted by odinsdream at 10:51 AM on February 7

I misread as "Alpaca" was like WTF there's no way that's an alpaca.

posted by symbioid at 11:31 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]

I'd love a second version that has a length scale and time displayed. It'd be way less aesthetically pleasing but I'm curious if the apparent regularity of the cell division in the beginning is an artifact of editing or not.
posted by ReadEvalPost at 12:10 PM on February 7

Amazing! So cool to see gastrulation (I think that's what it was?) and the synchronized cleavage at the beginning.

Around 2:42–2:47, what are the small mobile elements that look like they're squeezing between the other cells? They didn't seem to be red blood cells.
posted by Belostomatidae at 12:59 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]

I wondered about those motile cells, too.

I am so glad it didn't have a musical soundtrack. Fascinating.
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