Friday, November 29, 2013

The Serene Beauty Of Horses In The Womb

This is pretty cool! ~Declan


The Serene Beauty of Horses in the Womb

Photographer Tim Flach sees similarities between baby equines and humans

As posted by Smithsonian

By Jesse Rhodes                                                     

Flach’s most intimate treatment of the subject—his documentation of the gestation of a horse—even reveals a biological resemblance. In its earliest, undifferentiated days, the milky white form might appear to be that of either human or equine. But by day 85 the graceful, 5.5-inch-long figure—suspended in formalin and photographed through a glass container—is undeniably a horse. “I hope it inspires a sense of awe,” Flach says. “You’re seeing something in its design stages.”


This 10-day-old thoroughbred embryo was in transit between mares at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket, United Kingdom. Flach had a matter of minutes to spend with a petri dish in order to capture this image.

Day 30

When scientists decoded the genome of the domesticated horse, they found that a horse’s chromosomes are arranged in similar ways to our own. Here, at day 30, the pearlescent organism could easily pass for any mammal—even human.

65 Days

By day 65, the embryo has grown to two and three-quarters of an inch and has developed definitively equine features.

Day 85         

“I was very lucky to find something that has a gesture about it,” Flach says of the porcelain doll-like fetus, aged 85 days, lying in peaceful repose. “It was about picking an angle and lighting the shot.”

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