Fossil Fungi by Thomas N Taylor

Fossil Fungi

byThomas N Taylor, Michael Krings, Edith L. Taylor

Hardcover | October 9, 2014

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Fungi are ubiquitous in the world and responsible for driving the evolution and governing the sustainability of ecosystems now and in the past.Fossil Fungiis the first encyclopedic book devoted exclusively to fossil fungi and their activities through geologic time. The book begins with the historical context of research on fossil fungi (paleomycology), followed by how fungi are formed and studied as fossils, and their age. The next six chapters focus on the major lineages of fungi, arranging them in phylogenetic order and placing the fossils within a systematic framework. For each fossil the age and provenance are provided.

Each chapter provides a detailed introduction to the living members of the group and a discussion of the fossils that are believed to belong in this group. The extensive bibliography (



  • First book devoted to the whole spectrum of the fossil record of fungi, ranging from Proterozoic fossils to the role of fungi in rock weathering
  • Detailed discussion of how fossil fungi are preserved and studied
  • Extensive bibliography with more than 2000 entries
  • Where possible, fungal fossils are placed in a modern systematic context
  • Each chapter within the systematic treatment of fungal lineages introduced with an easy-to-understand presentation of the main characters that define extant members
  • Extensive glossary of more than 700 entries that define both biological, geological, and mycological terminology

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Bayerische Staatssammlung für, Paläontologie und Geologie,Munich, Germany

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Title:Fossil FungiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 9, 2014Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123877318

ISBN - 13:9780123877314

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Table of Contents

IntroductionHOW FUNGAL FOSSILS ARE FORMED AND STUDIED HOW OLD ARE THE FUNGI? CHYTRIDIOMYCOTA BLASTOCLADIOMYCOTA Classification of fungi ZYGOMYCETES GLOMEROMYCOTA ASCOMYCOTA BASIDIOMYCOTA LICHENS FUNGAL SPORES FUNGAL INTERACTIONS BACTERIA AND FUNGUS-LIKE ORGANISMS

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"...a comprehensive and wonderful review of the literature on fossil fungi. The authors are uniquely qualified to explain and interpret paleobotany and by extension, fossil fungi."--Inoculum, Fossil Fungi "I have never seen a scientific book so thoroughly illustrated with so many excellent pictures...highly recommended for mycologists, palaeontologists, botanists and other interested in fossils, fungi, or prehistoric life."--Nordic Journal of Botany, February 2015 "...the first book that attempts to synthesize the scattered literature on fossil fungi and thus become a standard, go to, text on the subject area. It succeeds admirably and I envisage that it will fill this role for years to come."--BSA Paleobotanical Section, December 2014