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From a minuscule sperm cell to a mature baby: Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson wanted to capture just that and everything in between. It’s a rather complicated task to capture the full development in the uterus, and it’s no surprise that Lennart spent over 12 years to complete this series of photographs.
To make them, he used conventional cameras with macro lenses, an electron microscope and an endoscope. The first picture was shot in 1965.
We have just one word for this: incredible!!
#1. Sperm in the Fallopian Tube
#2. Will they have a date?
#3. The Fallopian Tube.
#4. Two sperm cells are contacting with the egg cell.
#5. The winning sperm.
#6. Winning moments.
#7. 8 Days — The embryo is attached to the wall of the uterus.
#8. The brain starts to develop inside the human embryo.
#9. 24 Days — The one-month-old embryo has no skeleton yet. There is only a heart that starts beating on the 18th day.
#10. 5 Weeks. You can distinguish the face with holes for eyes, nostrils and mouth.
#11. 8 Weeks. The rapidly growing embryo is well protected inside the fetal sac.
#12. 16 Weeks — The fetus is starting to use his hands to explore its own body and surroundings.
#13. The skeleton consists of mainly of flexible cartilage. A network of blood vessels is visible through the thin skin.
#14. 18 Weeks — The fetus can now perceive sounds from the outside world.
#15. 19 Weeks
#16. 20 Weeks. Woolly hair, known as lanugo, covers the entire head.
#17. 24 Weeks
#18. 26 Weeks
#19. 6 Months — The little human is getting ready to leave the uterus. It will turn upside down because it will be easier to get out this way.
#20. 36 Weeks — The baby will see the world in 4 weeks!