|Title||Cretaceous mushrooms in amber|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Authors||Hibbett DS, Grimaldi D, Donoghue MJ|
|Keywords||Amber, fossil, fungi, Mushrooms, Paleontology – Cretaceous, Paleontology – New Jersey|
The discovery of the remains of 2 gilled mushrooms in Turonian (90–94 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.
Cretaceous mushrooms in amber