#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 small, odd books, including Breakdown: Banjo Poems, Words on the Street: An Inaction Comic, and Odes to Tools, but my real work is at my literary blog Via Negativa. I'm the editor and publisher of Moving Poems, a webzine showcasing videopoetry and poetry film. And I've been a dedicated if somewhat unorthodox homebrewer for more than 20 years.

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

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