by Matthew Cobb
You’ve probably seen this as it has been everywhere already – Tumblr, Twitter, t’Internet – and it is going to make you nauseous after a while, but it’s still pretty cool. It shows an amphipod (the thing with legs), which has on it a diatom (the round thing) which in turn has on it a bacterium. It gives you some idea of the scale of life, all the more so when you remember that when life started, around 4 billion years ago, the first self-replicating molecules were far, far smaller than that bacterium!
This has been posted a million times all over the place, so I’m not going to give any credit to anyone. BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHO MADE THIS, AND HOW I CAN GET HOLD OF HI-RES IMAGES FROM IT. Readers, avid Googlers, please try and find out! I would also like to know how to make it STOP!
[EDIT: super-googler Brian Engler – comment 4 below – has found that this gif was made by James Tyrwhitt-Drake at the University of Victoria’s Advanced Microscopy Facility, and I’m trying to contact him.]