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A mini-documentary of the research project of Prof. Dr. Walter Salzburger and his team at University of Basel on the adaptive radiations of cichlid fishes in the East African Great Lakes.
Adaptive radiation is the evolution of a set of species from a common ancestor in a short period of time - relatively speaking - due to the adaptation of groups of individuals to different ecological niches.
While Darwin's finches on the Galapagos islands are the most famous adaptive radiation, the radiations in the East African Great Lakes are far more species-rich. 200 species have evolved alone in Lake Tanganyika over the past 10 million years, and over 3000 species of cichlids exist today on Earth. The African Great Lakes are a species factory!
In the Salzburger group, researchers investigate the causes of the rapid diversification of cichlids using a systems biology approach (hence the X in the project name): cutting-edge ecological genomics, stable isotope analyses, 3D-morphometrics as well as experimental methods are applied to understand cichlid fish evolution.
Camera: Halil Kesselring
Assistant Camera: Samer Alasaad-Angelone
Location Sound Recordist: Stephanie Mercier
Shot in 4k sLog2 ProRes 10bit on Sony FS700 and Odyssey 7Q+
Glass: Veydra Mini Primes 19, 35, 50 and 85mm
Rode NTG4 directional mic
DJI Ronin and ReadyRigGS