Cretaceous mushrooms in amber

TitleCretaceous mushrooms in amber
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsHibbett DS, Grimaldi D, Donoghue MJ
JournalNature
Volume377
Pagination487
ISSN00280836
KeywordsAmber, fossil, fungi, Mushrooms, Paleontology โ€“ Cretaceous, Paleontology โ€“ New Jersey
Abstract

The discovery of the remains of 2 gilled mushrooms in Turonian (90โ€“94 million years old) amber from central New Jersey is discussed. These remains are more than 3 times older than previously discovered specimens. They show that holobasidiomycete fungi were morphologically quite diverse by the mid-Cretaceous. They also suggest that some extant morphologies have very ancient origins.

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