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People Are Captivated By This Timelapse Of A Single Cell Becoming An Organism
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People Are Captivated By This Timelapse Of A Single Cell Becoming An Organism

When does some thing become some one? With the heart’s first beat? With the brain’s first wave? Dutch filmmaker Jan van IJken has recently created a short film that might help you in your search for the answer to this difficult question.

“‘Becoming‘ is a short film about the miraculous genesis of animal life,” van IJken wrote. “In great microscopic detail, we see the ‘making of’ a salamander in its transparent egg from fertilization to hatching.”

Actually, the transparency of the egg was the main factor why van IJken chose to record the ‘becoming’ of the alpine newt in particular. “I filmed the egg in a Petri dish, in water,” he told Bored Panda. “To me, the biological aspects were the most challenging parts of creating this short. [Figuring out] how long do the processes take, what are the different stages of development, and so on. I had to become a bit of a biologist and a bit of a scientist.”

The first stages of embryonic development are roughly the same for all animals, including humans. In the film, the viewers are invited to observe the very beginning of an animal’s life, a single cell transforming into a complex living organism with a beating heart and running bloodstream.

“The salamander embryo (an Ichthyosaura Alpestris) was followed very closely in a combination of timelapse and film,” van IJken added. “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‘ has screened at more than 20 international film festivals, and even received the Award for best short documentary at the Innsbruck nature film festival 2018.

More info: janvanijken.com

Watch the timelapse to see it fully evolving into an organism:

The alpine newt, or Ichthyosaura alpestris, is a type of salamander

Image credits: maxpixel

Alpine newts are native to central and southern Europe and often sport a mottled brown color. During the mating season, however, males have a dark blue color on their backs, as well as white and black spots on their legs and a bright orange colored belly. It breeds in shallow water, where its larvae are born, hatch and feed on plankton, before sprouting legs and moving to land.

People were incredibly mesmerized by the film

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diane a
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just hypnotic- could not take my eyes off it for a second. The miracle of life.

diane a
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Watched it 4 times now- the initial few divisions - wow. then when it implodes!

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Amanda Ford
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And just to think, all humans start out that small as well. Unique little bundles of DNA that exist no where else in the universe, and they split and grow according to those one-of-a-kind blueprints into the amazing people we are.

Chicken Yao
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Just stop w/ the anti- abortion crap... I get it- it’s not good to prevent a life from happening, but sometimes the mother is in a situation or gets into a situation while pregnant where the baby cannot live a quality life. You also have to keep in mind that every time a woman gets a period, a potential baby (an egg) is discarded. Does that mean that periods are illegal? No! I understand that a partially developed baby is different, but if a fully developed mother would die from giving birth or the baby would not live a quality life, then sometimes an abortion has to be done.

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Nate M
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you're reading this - you looked similar to this at some point in your life. Fascinating.

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diane a
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just hypnotic- could not take my eyes off it for a second. The miracle of life.

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Watched it 4 times now- the initial few divisions - wow. then when it implodes!

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Amanda Ford
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And just to think, all humans start out that small as well. Unique little bundles of DNA that exist no where else in the universe, and they split and grow according to those one-of-a-kind blueprints into the amazing people we are.

Chicken Yao
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3 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Just stop w/ the anti- abortion crap... I get it- it’s not good to prevent a life from happening, but sometimes the mother is in a situation or gets into a situation while pregnant where the baby cannot live a quality life. You also have to keep in mind that every time a woman gets a period, a potential baby (an egg) is discarded. Does that mean that periods are illegal? No! I understand that a partially developed baby is different, but if a fully developed mother would die from giving birth or the baby would not live a quality life, then sometimes an abortion has to be done.

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Nate M
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you're reading this - you looked similar to this at some point in your life. Fascinating.

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