The oldest fossil mushroom

Sam W. Heads, Andrew N. Miller, J. Leland Crane, M. Jared Thomas, Danielle M. Ruffatto, Andrew S. Methven, Daniel B. Raudabaugh, Yinan Wang

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Abstract

A new fossil mushroom is described and illustrated from the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of northeast Brazil. Gondwanagaricites magnificus gen. et sp. nov. is remarkable for its exceptional preservation as a mineralized replacement in laminated limestone, as all other fossil mushrooms are known from amber inclusions. Gondwanagaricites represents the oldest fossil mushroom to date and the first fossil mushroom from Gondwana.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0178327
JournalPloS one
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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    Heads, S. W., Miller, A. N., Crane, J. L., Thomas, M. J., Ruffatto, D. M., Methven, A. S., Raudabaugh, D. B., & Wang, Y. (2017). The oldest fossil mushroom. PloS one, 12(6), [e0178327]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178327