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The first remarkable close-up pictures of animals in the womb
The Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2006

Posted on 11/22/2006 6:51:50 AM PST by beaversmom

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. 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.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: crevo
I didn't see this posted already. Click on link to above to see the pictures.
1 posted on 11/22/2006 6:51:52 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


2 posted on 11/22/2006 6:52:23 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Unborn elephant
Dolphin
Unborn dog

embryo

Hmmmmmmmmmm. Animals are themselves before birth, but humans don't become humans until they exit the birth canal. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

3 posted on 11/22/2006 6:54:00 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Coleus; Silverback; cpforlife.org; NYer

ping


4 posted on 11/22/2006 6:54:29 AM PST by AliVeritas (And you will know that I am in the midst of Israel, that I am the Lord your God.)
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To: beaversmom
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.

From conception? Sounds a little like porn to me.

5 posted on 11/22/2006 6:54:36 AM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: MozarkDawg

Micro Jumbo alert.

6 posted on 11/22/2006 6:55:21 AM PST by dighton
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To: beaversmom
"It one sequence we follow an elephant developing. When it is finally born, there is not a dry eye in the house."

Wonder if this technology could be used to generate some sympathy for humans developing in the womb?

Naah....

7 posted on 11/22/2006 6:55:46 AM PST by GourmetDan
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To: beaversmom


8 posted on 11/22/2006 6:56:04 AM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 1-9)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Good point.


9 posted on 11/22/2006 6:56:19 AM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: dighton

Jumbo shrimp?


10 posted on 11/22/2006 6:56:20 AM PST by Dark Skies ("He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that" ... John Stuart Mill)
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To: GourmetDan

Good point.


11 posted on 11/22/2006 6:57:00 AM PST by mutley
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To: GourmetDan
From the article:

They were created by the same team who in 2004 showed how human embryos "walk in the womb".

12 posted on 11/22/2006 6:57:22 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: ClearCase_guy

that is exactly my thought! These pictures confirm exactly what the pro abortion crowd doesn't want to see! That animals are animals before birth just like humans are before birth!

How can anyone deny looking at that elephant inside his mother's woman isn't an elephant till he is born!


13 posted on 11/22/2006 6:57:57 AM PST by Halls (God, please grant me the serenity to accept what I can not change....)
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To: beaversmom
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 ...

I don't want to hear you ladies to complain about 10 pound babies anymore. :-).

14 posted on 11/22/2006 6:59:24 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Kerry, What part of showing heels and ass is a winning strategy in Iraq?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Good point. I don't think there are any animal mothers that make themselves abort. Only human babies are referred to as a choice.


15 posted on 11/22/2006 6:59:25 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: dighton

or Micro Jumbo Dumbo alert


16 posted on 11/22/2006 7:00:12 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Alouette

I love that smiling baby dolphin.


17 posted on 11/22/2006 7:00:57 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

bttt


18 posted on 11/22/2006 7:01:34 AM PST by Rightly Biased (Courage is not the lack of fear it is acting in spite of it<><)
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Over just 63 days, the domestic dog foetus will be armed with the tools necessary to survive, including a highly acute sense of smell and the ability to hear sounds far beyond our human range of hearing.

19 posted on 11/22/2006 7:04:25 AM PST by beaversmom
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Dog in the womb: at 52 days a full coat of light cream hair is visible with whiskers forming. At 39 days, the eyelids are fused to protect from contamination.

20 posted on 11/22/2006 7:06:25 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

An elephant foetus taken at 16 weeks. The trunk has developed and it is plumpish towards the rear.

21 posted on 11/22/2006 7:10:29 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: KarlInOhio
hey, i had a 10 pounder and he was a heck of alot easier
than the kidney stone i passed about a year ago. ;)
22 posted on 11/22/2006 7:10:56 AM PST by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: beaversmom

absolutely amazing pictures! thanks for posting this! :)


23 posted on 11/22/2006 7:11:33 AM PST by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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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.

24 posted on 11/22/2006 7:12:46 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: leda

You're welcome. I was surprised it wasn't already posted. I love stuff like this.


25 posted on 11/22/2006 7:14:03 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Try aborting the 'fetus' of your pet (you as the owner/guardian are empowered to 'choose' for your pet, aren't you?), and you will see the Left go bonkers. Maybe then they'll start respecting unborn human beings as well. I can dream can't I?


26 posted on 11/22/2006 7:34:20 AM PST by americafirst
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To: beaversmom

Magnificent and stunning.

Our God is an awesome God.


27 posted on 11/22/2006 7:39:14 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: beaversmom

it's truly amazing the pics are so clear.
none of my ultrasounds were that clear. :(


28 posted on 11/22/2006 7:41:02 AM PST by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: beaversmom

Hee hee, did they have any baby beaver images, beaversmom? ;)

This is so neat. I have friends, pro-choice sadly, who took a passing interest in foetal development when I got pregnant, and were soooo surprised to see how "human" human babies are even at seven weeks.

Maybe this technology will have an effect on those who have so much more sympathy for our animal companions than our fellow human beings. Will they be able to draw the parallels? Who knows, I hope so.


29 posted on 11/22/2006 7:45:57 AM PST by To Hell With Poverty
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To: leda
Well I bet you didn't have all this:

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.

Wouldn't that be neat if we could have had all that?

30 posted on 11/22/2006 7:46:51 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

At six months in the womb...

...wow. Our God is an awesome God.

31 posted on 11/22/2006 7:48:10 AM PST by pigsmith
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To: beaversmom

The irony of this is too much to bear.


32 posted on 11/22/2006 7:48:31 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: beaversmom

oh yes! i would have loved just one clear shot like those,
at any point along the line. technology has come a long
way even since my last...5 yrs ago.


33 posted on 11/22/2006 7:48:51 AM PST by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: To Hell With Poverty
Will they be able to draw the parallels? Who knows, I hope so.

I hope so too. I've already forwarded these pics to friends/acquaintances--some are pro-abort. Hee hee, did they have any baby beaver images, beaversmom? ;)

Not that I know of but I bet they would be cute if they did :)

34 posted on 11/22/2006 7:49:18 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: americafirst
Try aborting the 'fetus' of your pet (you as the owner/guardian are empowered to 'choose' for your pet, aren't you?), and you will see the Left go bonkers. Maybe then they'll start respecting unborn human beings as well. I can dream can't I?

Here in NC, I like to threaten the pro-aborts with a trip to the beach to make some turtle egg omelets. After all, they're just fetuses, you know, unviable tissue masses. Mmmmmm

/sarcasm

35 posted on 11/22/2006 8:12:22 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: beaversmom
...The footage also shows how many animal embryos are like human ones.

Legal/political Jujitsu here... Perhaps we can charge abortionists with cruelty to animals.
36 posted on 11/22/2006 9:34:48 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: beaversmom

It occurs to me that the tree-hugging, save-the-whales crowd is going to have to take a whole new look at baby people inside the womb now that these photos and videos are available.


37 posted on 11/22/2006 1:26:43 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: beaversmom

bookmark


38 posted on 11/22/2006 1:29:11 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: beaversmom

"Be a hero, save a whale; save a baby, go to jail."


39 posted on 11/22/2006 1:40:04 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: ClearCase_guy
Hmmmmmmmmmm. Animals are themselves before birth, but humans don't become humans until they exit the birth canal. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I remember when it really crystalized for me. About six years ago, there was this uproar in the fashion circles. Apparently, all these rich women were facing jail time because they'd bought these extremely high-end, uber expensive wool scarves that as it turned out were made from the pelts of unborn baby goats. Since these scarves originated in Afghanistan, there was some sort of international animal cruelty charge.

All these animal rights nuts were demanding their heads because these poor unborn baby goats were being forcibly aborted and turned into fashion statements.

Not a peep, though, about all those unborn baby humans being forcibly removed from their mothers. The hypocrisy was just jaw dropping.

40 posted on 11/22/2006 4:05:46 PM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Alouette
Image hosted by Photobucket.com gotta tell ya... that baby elephant does NOT look like it's inside ANYTHING.

41 posted on 11/22/2006 4:31:13 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: RepoGirl

If this doesn't kick Haeckel's ass (fake embryo drawings) out of textbooks, they ought to round those books up and burn them because that's all they are good for.


42 posted on 11/22/2006 9:09:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: beaversmom
PING for later reference.

I remember watching the movie that showed embryonic human development when it was first showed on TV decades ago. Totally fascinating then. This one will be just as awesome, I'm sure.

43 posted on 11/22/2006 9:27:32 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: EyeGuy
Our God is an awesome God.

Amen.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!"

Psalm 139:13-17

44 posted on 11/23/2006 8:23:30 AM PST by Señor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: beaversmom; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
Life as you've never seen it

More Here

45 posted on 11/23/2006 9:16:07 AM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, geese, algae)
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To: beaversmom
"...Experts also found that at 24 days, the dolphin embryo develops tiny leg-like buds, which then disappear over the next two weeks."

I thought "Ontogeny recapitulates Phylogeny" had been refuted.

46 posted on 12/02/2006 5:20:04 AM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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To: Chode
gotta tell ya... that baby elephant does NOT look like it's inside ANYTHING

Maybe they briefly tilted the womb and pushed some air in—allowing the amnionic fluid to pool just below. Maybe used a tiny light and camera, too.

47 posted on 12/02/2006 5:24:13 AM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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To: Eclectica
Image hosted by Photobucket.com i follow you right up to the light, cause that's the biggest part of my problem... the camera is easy but there's Too MUCH light. it looks like it's post partum because there's light all around and over it like in a full lit room. if it were lit inside the woumb, the single light would show a shadow where here there no shadows at all.
48 posted on 12/02/2006 6:22:47 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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