Volvox video by Jasper Kuipers

Volvox by Jasper Kuipers

Volvox by Jasper Kuipers

Jasper Kuipers made a video for Micropia, the museum of microbes in Amsterdam, depicting a scenario for the evolution of multicellularity and, eventually, Volvox. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video, but you can check it out at

It’s a beautiful animation, showing a plausible scenario for predation as a selective pressure driving an increase in size. I do have a couple of very minor nits to pick (flagella are shown beating anti-parallel and out of sync when they should be parallel and in sync; reproductive cells are labeled ‘sex cell[s],’ but the life cycle depicted is the asexual phase), but it’s still a lovely video.

The Volvox meetings have usually (well, all four times) had an art contest; I think this would be a shoo-in for Animated Shorts at the 2019 meeting in Tokyo.

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