2 Feb 2008

A tangled bank.


The disused railway line, August 2007. A tangled bank is a quote from Darwin's The Origin of Species:
It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life and from use and disuse: a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms.
Tangled Bank is also a blog carnival, a round up of great science, medicine and natural history blogging, and worth a click and a read.

1 comment:

Michael Barton, FCD said...

Interesting to note: Darwin wrote "entangled bank" in the 1st through 4th editions, but wrote only "tangled bank" in the 5th and 6th editions...