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Squid: Coming to Life, captured in microscopic detail

From a ‘pearl’ filled with dividing cells to hatchlings with color-shifting skin, watch as these very small cephalopods grow up under a microscope. The film, Squid: Coming to Life, was created by evolutionary and developmental biologist Nipam Patel of the Patel Lab at UC Berkeley. Featured in, it’s set to an energetic instrumental soundtrack by Kristina Dutton and Nathan Clevenger.

Learn more about chromatophores, the pigment-filled cells that allow many cephalopods to change color, in this SciFri vid: Octopus Camouflage.

Plus: Cell division in a frog egg, a microscopic time lapse video and Para Films’ The Plankton Chronicles.

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