Cretaceous mushrooms in amber

  title={Cretaceous mushrooms in amber},
  author={David S. Hibbett and David A. Grimaldi and Michael J. Donoghue},
Is Phellinites digiustoi the oldest homobasidiomycete?
The goal of this project was to reassess the identity of Phellinites and refine the minimum-age estimate for the origin of homobasidiomycetes, and to revise the minimum age of the mushroom-forming fungi to the mid-Cretaceous.
Fungi trapped in amber—a fossil legacy frozen in time
  • H. Halbwachs
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Mycological Progress
  • 2019
Overall, the record of fungal fossils in amber seems to mirror the diversity patterns through deep time, Nevertheless, the few records from the Palaeozoic and the Lower to Mid-Mesozoic call for the development of additional tools for detection and identification.
Evolutionary history of Serpulaceae (Basidiomycota): molecular phylogeny, historical biogeography and evidence for a single transition of nutritional mode
This study supports the growing understanding that the same geographical barriers that limit plant- and animal dispersal also limit the spread of fungi, as a combination of vicariance and long distance dispersal events are needed to explain the present patterns of distribution in Serpulaceae.
Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary divergence of North American biological species of Armillaria.
The data indicated that randomly chosen sequences from the genome were capable of resolving the phylogenetic history of species of Armillaria and provided strong support for intraspecies clustering.
Phylogeny, Divergence Time Estimation and Biogeography of the Genus Onnia (Basidiomycota, Hymenochaetaceae)
This study provides a robust phylogeny of Onnia, with a description of a new species, Onnia himalayana from Yunnan Province, China, and the first inference of the divergence times, biogeography, and speciation of the genus Onnia.
Outline, Divergence Times, and Phylogenetic Analyses of Trechisporales (Agaricomycetes, Basidiomycota)
Bayesian evolutionary and divergence time analyses indicate an ancient divergence of Sistotremastrum family from Hydnodontaceae during the Triassic period (224.25 Mya) as well as four new species of Trechisporales.
Evolutionary Morphogenesis of Sexual Fruiting Bodies in Basidiomycota: Toward a New Evo-Devo Synthesis
An integrative approach, combining phylogenetic, developmental, and functional biology, is needed to achieve a true fungal evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) synthesis for fungal fruiting bodies.
Towards a Natural Classification of Hyphodontia Sensu Lato and the Trait Evolution of Basidiocarps within Hymenochaetales (Basidiomycota)
For the first time, the independence of each of the six genera receives strong phylogenetic support and trait evolution of basidiocarps within Hymenochaetales is revealed accordingly.
Palaeomycology: a modern mycological view of fungal palynomorphs
Abstract Fungal spores are increasingly used as reliable proxies in palaeoenvironmental reconstructions; however, little attention is paid to the ecological tolerances of the fungi themselves and the


A Middle Pennsylvanian Basidiomycete Mycelium with Clamp Connections
A fungal mycelium having clamp-connections and chlamydospores has been discovered within the wood of a Middle Pennsylvanian fern. At present the clamp-connection is a structure that occurs only in ...
Dating the evolutionary radiations of the true fungi
A relative time scale for the origin and radiation of major lineages of the true fungi is constructed, using the 18S ribosomal RNA gene sequence data of 37 fungal species, and then calibrate the time scale using fossil evidence.
Progress toward a phylogenetic classification of the Polyporaceae through parsimony analysis of mitochondrial ribosomal DNA sequences
Seven groups of species are generally well supported (as measured by bootstrapping) or are congruent with previous taxonomic hypotheses, and Parsimony analyses of these sequences suggest that the Polyporaceae are polyphyletic.
A Petrified Basidiomycete From Patagonia
DURING the first months of 1956, S. Archangelsky visited the southern part of the Province of Patagonia, Argentina, in order to carry out a series of paleobotanical studies, and found a fossil organism which was suspected to be a fungus growing on the wood of Araucaria, and turned out to be an aphyllophoraceous basidiomycete belonging in the porebearing group usually referred to as polypores.
Phylogenetic relationships among coprinoid taxa and allies based on data from restriction site mapping of nuclear rDNA
Phylogenetic relationships among coprinoid and closely related taxa were studied using restriction site data to establish a phylogenetic tree of Coprinus.
Upper Eocene Gilled Mushroom from the Dominican Republic
The appearance of this fossil suggests that mushrooms as a group probably arose much earlier than the early to mid-Tertiary, and this find is of significance with respect to the evolutionary development of the Basidiomycetes.
Accelerated evolution of a false-truffle from a mushroom ancestor
Comparisons of mitochondrial DNA now demonstrate a surprisingly close relationship between species of false-truffles in the genus Rhizopogon (Hymenogastraceae) and the mushroom genus Suillus (Boletaceae), implying an acceleration in the rate of morphological change relative to molecular change during the evolution of these false-Truffles from their mushroom ancestors.