Ediacarans, Protolichens, and Lichen-Derived Penicillium: A Critical Reassessment of the Evolution of Lichenization in Fungi

@inproceedings{Luecking2018EdiacaransPA,
  title={Ediacarans, Protolichens, and Lichen-Derived Penicillium: A Critical Reassessment of the Evolution of Lichenization in Fungi},
  author={Robert B. Luecking and Matthew P. Nelsen},
  year={2018}
}
Abstract Lichens are often highlighted as important life forms in the early evolution of terrestrial vegetation. They have been postulated to go as far back as the early Proterozoic, suggested as a model to classify Ediacaran macrofossils, presumed to have existed as protolichens in the Early Phanerozoic, reconstructed as precursors of major clades of higher Fungi, or proposed to have evolved multiple times in or after the Carboniferous. We provide a critical review of these hypotheses, based… CONTINUE READING