Timelapse of Single Cell Becoming Organism is Best Thing You’ll See Today

Single Cell Becoming Organism

Native to central and southern Europe, the amphibious alpine newt breeds in shallow water, where its larvae are born, hatch and feed on plankton, before sprouting legs and moving to land.

This timelapse video from the Dutch director Jan van IJken follows the development of a single-celled zygote into the hatched larva of an alpine newt. Captured in remarkable detail at microscopic scales, Becoming is a striking look at the process of cell division and differentiation, whence all animals – from newts to humans – come.

via Aeon

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