Fossil Fungi

By

  • Thomas N Taylor, University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Lawrence, KS USA
  • Michael Krings, Bayerische Staatssammlung fur Palaontologie und Geologie, Germany
  • Edith Taylor, University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Lawrence, KS USA

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 (~ 2700 entries) includes papers on both extant and fossil fungi. Additional chapters include lichens, fungal spores, and the interactions of fungi with plants, animals, and the geosphere. The final chapter includes a discussion of fossil bacteria and other organisms that are fungal-like in appearance, and known from the fossil record. The book includes more than 475 illustrations, almost all in color, of fossil fungi, line drawings, and portraits of people, as well as a glossary of more than 700 mycological and paleontological terms that will be useful to both biologists and geoscientists.

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Audience

Mycologists; paleobotanists; plant pathologists; paleobiologists; fungal biologists; sedimentologists; geologists; plant biologists; research scientists studying mycology as it relates to: biology, biochemistry, agricultural sciences, plant pathology, forestry, earth sciences, evolution, and the evolutionary history of fungi; advanced undergraduate/graduate students studying these areas.

 

Book information

  • Published: September 2014
  • Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-387731-4

Reviews

"...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




Table of Contents

Introduction

HOW 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