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O as Origin

Animation movie
7mn 30s



4 billion years ago, asteroids, large blocks of ice and rocks racing through the solar system combined into planets. Our heroine Piccolina, a water molecule inside a frozen meteorite, lands on our planet. As ice melts, H2O molecules like Piccolina become liquid water, the elixir of life.
In water, Piccolina meets molecules of all sorts, linking, combining and getting more and more complex. Piccolina and complex molecules get trapped inside membrane made of fatty molecules. Thus evolves the first cell, the beginning of life...


Director: Yannick Mahé - Script: Gilles Macagno - Illustrations: Gilles Macagno - Animation: Pilou Arbogast - CG graphics: Janet Iwasa (onemicron.com) and Carl Caleman - Voice: Shelly de Vito - Music: Santangeli - Sound design: Patrick Martinache - Voice recording: Christophe Baudin - Sound editing: Marie-Odile Dupont - Video editing: Yannick Mahé - Project director: Christian Sardet - Co-production: CNDP / CNRS (2008) 

Scientific expert

Marie-Christine Maurel

Marie-Christine Maurel

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, France
Biology and Biochemistry of Evolution

« Understanding evolution naturally raises questions about the origin of life. Recent discoveries give us hints about the nature of the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) and how this primordial cell may have emerged in an exciting molecular scenario.»


Canopé Ludwig Maximilians Universität München Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster