Earthworm poo could grow to be a tremendously valuable dating tool
Over a hundred years after Darwin’s fastest-selling book  hit the racks, scientists are finding we are underestimating the earthworm’s contribution into the global carbon period. Mark Hodson explores.
Science careers are funny things. Fifteen years back we finished my geology PhD on why some igneous rocks regarding the tip that is southern of have actually stripes. During the right time, earthworm poo had never entered my brain.
Then that a decade or so later Denise Lambkin, my postdoc, and I would spend significant periods of time sifting through earthworm poo I would have thought they were having a laugh if someone had told me.
But my story begins much sooner than this. It surely started in 1881. After a lot more than 40 many years of observation, Darwin finished and published their last great work ‘The development of veggie mould, through the action of worms, with findings to their practices’. As an illustration of Victorian reading tastes, the written guide sold quicker than ‘ From the foundation of species’, at the least in the first place.
My collision with Darwin’s great text really dates back to 2002. Read More