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Watch and be amazed by a single cell growing into a newt in minutes

The creation story in six minutes instead of seven days.

Netherlands-based self-taught photographer Jan van Ijken has released a mesmerising film that documents the “miraculous genesis of animal life.”

The six-minute short, entitled Becoming, shows how a newt, specifically a salamander, grows from a single cell to a whole newly-hatched organism.

“In the film, we can observe a universal process which normally is invisible: the very beginning of an animal’s life,” said Jan.

“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.”

The film won ‘Best Short Documentary’ at the 2018 Innsbruck Nature Film Festival, and recently got over a million views on Vimeo.

You can learn more about Jan van Ijken and his work here.

Via Boing Boing

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