Fossil Fungi

Hardcover | October 9, 2014

byThomas N Taylor, Michael Krings, Edith L. Taylor

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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 Fungi is 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 <_20_270020_entries20_includes20_papers20_on20_both20_extant20_and20_fossil20_fungi.20_additional20_chapters20_include20_lichens2c_20_fungal20_spores2c_20_and20_the20_interactions20_of20_fungi20_with20_plants2c_20_animals2c_20_and20_the20_geosphere.20_the20_final20_chapter20_includes20_a20_discussion20_of20_fossil20_bacteria20_and20_other20_organisms20_that20_are20_fungal-like20_in20_appearance2c_20_and20_known20_from20_the20_fossil20_record.20_the20_book20_includes20_more20_than20_47520_illustrations2c_20_almost20_all20_in20_color2c_20_of20_fossil20_fungi2c_20_line20_drawings2c_20_and20_portraits20_of20_people2c_20_as20_well20_as20_a20_glossary20_of20_more20_than20_70020_mycological20_and20_paleontological20_terms20_that20_will20_be20_useful20_to20_both20_biologists20_and20_geoscientists.20_first20_book20_devoted20_to20_the20_whole20_spectrum20_of20_the20_fossil20_record20_of20_fungi2c_20_ranging20_from20_proterozoic20_fossils20_to20_the20_role20_of20_fungi20_in20_rock20_weathering20_detailed20_discussion20_of20_how20_fossil20_fungi20_are20_preserved20_and20_studied20_extensive20_bibliography20_with20_more20_than20_200020_entries20_where20_possible2c_20_fungal20_fossils20_are20_placed20_in20_a20_modern20_systematic20_context20_each20_chapter20_within20_the20_systematic20_treatment20_of20_fungal20_lineages20_introduced20_with20_an20_easy-to-understand20_presentation20_of20_the20_main20_characters20_that20_define20_extant20_members20_extensive20_glossary20_of20_more20_than20_70020_entries20_that20_define20_both20_biological2c_20_geological2c_20_and20_mycological20_terminology 2700="" entries="" includes="" papers="" on="" both="" extant="" and="" fossil="" fungi.="" additional="" chapters="" include="" _lichens2c_="" fungal="" _spores2c_="" the="" interactions="" of="" fungi="" with="" _plants2c_="" _animals2c_="" geosphere.="" final="" chapter="" a="" discussion="" bacteria="" other="" organisms="" that="" are="" fungal-like="" in="" _appearance2c_="" known="" from="" record.="" book="" more="" than="" 475="" _illustrations2c_="" almost="" all="" _color2c_="" _fungi2c_="" line="" _drawings2c_="" portraits="" _people2c_="" as="" well="" glossary="" 700="" mycological="" paleontological="" terms="" will="" be="" useful="" to="" biologists="" geoscientists.="" first="" devoted="" whole="" spectrum="" record="" ranging="" proterozoic="" fossils="" role="" rock="" weathering="" detailed="" how="" preserved="" studied="" extensive="" bibliography="" 2000="" where="" _possible2c_="" placed="" modern="" systematic="" context="" each="" within="" treatment="" lineages="" introduced="" an="" easy-to-understand="" presentation="" main="" characters="" define="" members="" _biological2c_="" _geological2c_="">

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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 Fungi is 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 fun...

Bayerische Staatssammlung für, Paläontologie und Geologie,Munich, Germany
Format: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