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Cyberworld Mesmerized by Images of Animals in the Womb

Despite it being a new year, 2014, some flashes from the past still reemerge to pique contemporary interest. Indeed, for the past couple of days, Facebook and other online science-related media outlets have been captivated by photos from a three-year old National Geographic documentary.

Bats in the womb
Bats in the womb
Peter Chinn, National Geographic
Cyberworld Mesmerized by Images of Animals in the Womb
Peter Chinn

The gallery of images, like the documentary of the same name, is titled EXTRAORDINARY ANIMALS IN THE WOMB, and it features mesmerizing photographs of animals. Feathers and fur can be seen present in the womb in some examples, and the beauty of symmetry is evident in these young animal fetuses.

The techniques utilized to make these images possible include: "four-dimensional scanning technology, computer graphics, and tiny cameras to capture the process from conception to birth."

Documentaries are timeless, and this 2011 National Geographic wonder ranks among the best with its stunning imagery. One of the animals featured was a tiger shark, and learning about its embryonic cannibalism as a strategy for survival has re-sparked avid interest. Click here to view the segment on tiger shark embryonic cannibalism.