Everyday Science · Photography


Look at these incredible photography of foetus development. You will have definitely fall in love. And will understand the real meaning of precious life.

Lennart Nelsson ,a Swedish photographer and scientist, was born in 24 August 1922 and died in January 2017. He had spent 12 years of his life for taking the pictures of incredible journey of foetus developing in the womb.

In 1965, Lennart Nilsson’s pictures of developing the embryos were published in LIFE MAGAZINE, within days the entire prints run of 8 million had sold and become a news sensation.

After 40 years , these photographs has maintain its power. Nelsson had started his project before the fertilization process. These pictures had beautifully captured by him.

Sperm in the fallopian tube

Will they have a date?

A Fallopian tube

Two sperms are contacting with each cell

The winning sperm

Winning moment

8 days: The human embryo is attached to a wall of the Uterus.

The brain starts to develop in the human embryo

21 days: The one- month- old embryo has no skeleton yet. There is a only heart that starts beating on 18th day

4 weeks

5 weeks: Approximately 9mm you can now distinguish the face with holes for eyes, nostrils and mouth.

40 days: Embryonic cells form the placenta. This organ connects the embryo to the uterine wall allowing nutrients uptake, water elimination and gas exchange via the woman’s blood supply

8 weeks: The rapidly growing embryo has well protected in the foetal sac

16 weeks: The foetus uses its hands to explore its own body and its surrounding

The skeleton consists mainly of flexible cartilage. A network of blood vessels is visible through the thin skin.

18 weeks: Approximately 14cm.The foetus can now perceive sounds from the outside world

19 weeks

20 weeks: Approximately 20cm woolly hair known as lanugo,covers the entire head

24 weeks

26 weeks

6 months: The little human is getting ready to leave the Uterus. It turns upside down because it will be easier to get out this way

36 weeks: The child will see the world in 4 weeks

How had we developed in our mother’s womb. These incredible pictures has shown the marvellous journey of human’s life, from fertilization process to foetus growth. Moreover, these pictures has changed the view of human science forever.

Watch these incredible pictures of Foetus Development



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