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Watch a quail embryo develop in 13 seconds

The winner of the Nikon Small World in Motion competition was a 3D reconstruction of the 10-day incubation of a quail embryo by Dr. Gabriel G. Martins of the University of Lisbon.

The video is comprised of more than 1,000 separate images in a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo during its gestation in the egg. With this technique, studying the whole anatomy of large specimens like this embryo (23mm long) is possible.

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Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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