24 Jul '11, 9pm

The Wonder of Worms:

The Wonder of Worms:

“It is a marvelous reflection that the whole expanse has passed, and will again pass, every few years, through the bodies of worms. The plough is one of the most ancient and most valuable of man’s inventions; but long before he existed the land was in fact regularly ploughed, and still continues to be thus ploughed, by earthworms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures. ” 
-Darwin (1881) I take Darwin’s description of ‘lowly organized creatures’ to mean that he viewed worms as the humblest of well-oiled (or rather, well-slimed) machines, slowly transforming the world’s decaying organic matter into fertile soil. Growing up in the city, I thought worms were inert, mindless, slimy creatures simply providing an obstacle to jump over after a good rain. As I...

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