Fungus-like mycelial fossils in 2.4-billion-year-old vesicular basalt

  title={Fungus-like mycelial fossils in 2.4-billion-year-old vesicular basalt},
  author={S. Bengtson and B. Rasmussen and M. Ivarsson and J. Muhling and C. Broman and F. Marone and M. Stampanoni and A. Bekker},
  journal={Nature Ecology &Evolution},
  • S. Bengtson, B. Rasmussen, +5 authors A. Bekker
  • Published 2017
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature Ecology &Evolution
  • Fungi have recently been found to comprise a significant part of the deep biosphere in oceanic sediments and crustal rocks. Fossils occupying fractures and pores in Phanerozoic volcanics indicate that this habitat is at least 400 million years old, but its origin may be considerably older. A 2.4-billion-year-old basalt from the Palaeoproterozoic Ongeluk Formation in South Africa contains filamentous fossils in vesicles and fractures. The filaments form mycelium-like structures growing from a… CONTINUE READING

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