The most ancient terrestrial lichen Winfrenatia reticulata: A new find and new interpretation

@article{Karatygin2009TheMA,
  title={The most ancient terrestrial lichen Winfrenatia reticulata: A new find and new interpretation},
  author={I. V. Karatygin and N. S. Snigirevskaya and S. Vikulin},
  journal={Paleontological Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={43},
  pages={107-114}
}
Silicified fossils from Rhynie cherts in Scotland are studied. A lichen belonging to the genus Winfrenatia is detected and studied. This oldest terrestrial lichen is dated to the Pragian (=Siegenian) of the Early Devonian. New characters of the lichen are described, and their new interpretation is given. The main component of the lichen thallus is a filamentous cyanobacterium (Nostocales). Structures which were interpreted as fungal hyphae are probably hollow sheaths of this cyanobacterium… Expand
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