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Old 11-22-2006, 11:04 AM   #1
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Life in an animals womb

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An unborn elephant, tiny but perfect in every way. A dolphin swimming in the womb, just as it will have to swim in the ocean the moment it is born. An unborn dog panting.
Each one amazing and now, thanks to these remarkable pictures, they can be seen for the first time.

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• See more amazing pictures of animals in the womb

Using an array of technology, the images reveal what until now has been a secret - exactly how animals develop in the womb. They were created by the same team who in 2004 showed how human embryos "walk in the womb".

Using a combination of three-dimensional ultrasound scans, computer graphics and tiny cameras, the team were able to show the entire process from conception to birth.

"These kind of images from inside animals have never been seen before," said Jeremy Dear of Pioneer Productions, who made the film.

"We worked with dozens of zoos and animal sanctuaries across the world. There were a lot of different challenges - recording a dolphin is very different from an elephant, for instance.

"Animals were trained to sit still near the scanners and we also inserted cameras into the womb via the elephant's rectum-But it has been worth it. It one sequence we follow an elephant developing. When it is finally born, there is not a dry eye in the house.

"The images in the film are a testament to the ingenuity and patience of the production team led by Yavar Abbas and Dr David Barlow, who worked with some of the world's leading vets to obtain these pictures."

The images were created for the programme Animals In The Womb, a two-hour show to be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel in America next month and on Channel 4 and the National Geographic Channel in the UK next year.

Researchers used scans to track elephant calves developing for almost two years in the womb - the longest gestation period of all mammals.

It shows at 16 weeks the elephant foetus starting to look more like an elephant as the trunk develops.

At almost a year, the trunk is longer than the legs, and by 14 months, the characteristic elephant ears are visible. They will eventually grow to almost two feet across to help regulate the body temperature of the fullymature-elephant. At birth, he will weigh nearly 260lb and be able to take his first steps in minutes.

Animals closer to home were also studied. A golden retriever foetus is shown exhibiting some of the same behaviour as family pets, panting with its tongue out, while still in the womb.

Programme makers also reveal the moment at eight weeks when a baby dolphin learns to swim while in the womb. During the next few weeks, it develops flippers, a tail and a blowhole before being born after a year, and must be able to quickly swim to the surface to take its first breath of air.

Experts also found that at 24 days, the dolphin embryo develops tiny leg-like buds, which then disappear over the next two weeks.

After 11 weeks, the dolphin embryo's fins display bone structures resembling human hands, which experts believe may show that dolphin ancestors were land dwellers.

The footage also shows how many animal embryos are like human ones.

"The incredible thing about the early images is how we all look very similar - it is obviously we humans share a common mammalian ancestry very early in life," said Mr Dear.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:33 PM   #2
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That is precious. I want to see the puppy panting. How sweet.
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That's an amazing picture. I want to see more of these pictures.
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When I first saw that, I was confused, but then I actually read the article, and was amased by it. Good find Justin!!
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Isn't that just remarkable. Life is precious.
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Cool!

My co-worker's wife is pregnant and even though she's not visibly showing, her recent ultrasound prints include a close-up photo of the baby's hand, with the fingers spread out. You can see every minuscule bone.
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Isn't that just remarkable. Life is precious.


I'd love to see this show...pretty much everything National Geographic does is amazing.
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They showed the elephant and dog wombs/growth on Oprah last week. It was amazing! And the puppies were so
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This is indeed beautiful. Life is precious. Especially human life.



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Ah ontogeny



Is this really a human life? No!
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Is this really a human life? No!
What is the consensus of embryologists on that issue, A?

By the way, you've sorta missed my point.
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GAH!!!!
can we please just keep the topic on the animals and these amazing pictures and NOT have it veer off into the far too obvious and inevitable abortion debate

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What is the consensus of embryologists on that issue, A?

By the way, you've sorta missed my point.
Any competent embryologist would definitely say no.
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Wow.
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Any competent embryologist would definitely say no.
Then you are saying that embryologists as a vast majority are incompetent. The consensus amongst embryologists is that life begins at conception.
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