For those of you not familiar, the Tangled Bank is a bi-weekly blog carnival. Every couple of weeks, bloggers submit posts about the life sciences to the carnival, and one blogger puts them all in one place round-robin style. The carnival was named after Charles Darwin’s eloquent description of life around us, and how it came to be the way it is.
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.
My third post in the Blogging My Biology Class series was included this time around. It’s my first time in the carnival. I think it’d be fun to host Tangled Bank, so once I get enough of a handle on college that it’s not eating up my every waking moment, I think I’ll drop my name in the hat.
If you’d like to know more about Tangled Bank, if you have a good post related to biology, medicine, or natural history, or if you’d be interested in hosting an edition on your blog, just click here. This edition was running a bit late, as the coordinator was off galavanting below the equator, so keep an eye out for the next edition sneaking up quickly.