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From fish brains to bat embryos — 20 incredible, award-winning micro-photos

Oct 24, 2012 By Abraham

Here are the winners of the annual Small World Photomicrography Competition

1. Zebra Fish Brain, by Jennifer Peters and Michael Taylor

2. Newborn Lynx Spiders, by Walter Piorkowski

3. Bone Cancer, by Dylan Burnette

4. Fruit Fly Eye, by W. Ryan Williamson

5. Cacoxenite, by Honorio Cocera-LaParra

6. Cosmarium Algae, by Marek Mis

7. Fruit Fly Eye, by John Bridge

8. Sea Gooseberry Larva, by Gerd Guenther

9. Ant Carrying Its Larva, by Geir Drange

10. Brittle Star, by Alvaro Migotto

11. Fruit Fly Larva Guts, by Jessica Von Stetina

12. Lymphatic Endothelial Cells and Fibroblasts, by Esra Guc

13. Sonderia Protozoa, by Diana Lipscomb

14. Desert Rose Pistil, by Jose Rivera

15. Ladybug Leg, by Andrea Genra

16. Fossilized Agate with Snails and Ostracods, by Douglas Moore

17. Stinging Nettle, by Charles Krebs

18. Coral Sand, by David Maitland

19. Garlic, by Somayeh Naghiloo

20. Black Mastiff Bat Embryos, by Dorit Hockman

(via NBC)


  1. Caleb says:

    And all this evolved – that is SO cool!
    Evolution just amazes me more everyday!
    Thank you Evolution for doing these wonderful things!
    Three cheers for Evolution everybody!

    1. Nathan says:

      Yes I will root for some impersonnal formula.

      That kind of cold process really gets me excited, and causes me to think that this came out of random chance events…

      So from now on, thanks to your insight, I will cheer for the machine rather than the engineer ; for the paintbrush rather than the artist. Makes sense!

    2. Richard says:

      Why do so many comments threads on this site have to turn into battle between believers in creation and evolution? It’s extremely boring and predictable, and in many cases is almost irrevelant to the post being commented on.

      PS Cool photos! :-)

    3. J says:

      Caleb, it was so cool– I gathered some bricks, 2x4s, siding, shingles, window panes– then I put a stick of dynamite in it and, KABOOM, there was a house! All by chance!

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