#25: A Natural Selection

Darwin\'s Thinking Path
Darwin’s Thinking Path (courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons)

The 25th edition of the Festival of the Trees commemorates a very special event. As Tai Haku explains,

Today is the 150th anniversary of a monumentous occasion for nature lovers. On this day in 1858 the Linnaean Society of London published an Essay by British explorer-naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace together with another Essay by one Charles Darwin and a letter by Darwin to Asa Gray, the American botanist. These publications unleashed upon the world the theory of natural selection and our understanding of how trees (and every other living species) came to be was changed forever. Very few living things persist that were breathing on that day 150 years ago. Perhaps a few giant tortoises, bowhead whales and deepwater sponges remain. Most of the living organisms alive that day and this day will be trees though.

In what is perhaps the most learned and scientific FOTT edition to date, Tai goes well beyond mere links to place each tree species in an historical, cultural, or ecological context. Go visit.

About Dave Bonta

I'm the author of several books of poetry, including Ice Mountain: An Elegy, Breakdown: Banjo Poems, and Odes to Tools, but my real work is at my long-running literary blog Via Negativa, where I'm currently creating erasure poems from every entry of the Diary of Samuel Pepys. I'm also the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, a blog showcasing the best poetry videos on the web.

Posted on July 1, 2008, in Announcements. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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