Carbon sources for the Palaeozoic giant fungus Prototaxites inferred from modern analogues.

@article{Hobbie2010CarbonSF,
  title={Carbon sources for the Palaeozoic giant fungus Prototaxites inferred from modern analogues.},
  author={Erik A Hobbie and Charles K Boyce},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={277 1691},
  pages={2149-56}
}
A wide range of carbon isotope values in the Devonian fossil Prototaxites has been interpreted to support heterotrophy and the classification of Prototaxites as a giant fungus. This inference remains controversial because of the huge size of Prototaxites relative to co-occurring terrestrial vegetation and the lack of existing fungal analogues that display equally broad isotopic ranges. Here, we show wide isotopic variability in the modern saprotrophic fungus Arrhenia obscurata collected… CONTINUE READING

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