Early fungi from the Proterozoic era in Arctic Canada

  title={Early fungi from the Proterozoic era in Arctic Canada},
  author={Corentin Loron and C. François and R. Rainbird and E. C. Turner and Stephan Borensztajn and E. Javaux},
  • Corentin Loron, C. François, +3 authors E. Javaux
  • Published 2019
  • Medicine
  • Nature
  • Fungi are crucial components of modern ecosystems. They may have had an important role in the colonization of land by eukaryotes, and in the appearance and success of land plants and metazoans1–3. Nevertheless, fossils that can unambiguously be identified as fungi are absent from the fossil record until the middle of the Palaeozoic era4,5. Here we show, using morphological, ultrastructural and spectroscopic analyses, that multicellular organic-walled microfossils preserved in shale of the… CONTINUE READING
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