- 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
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.
AudienceMycologists; 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.
- Published: September 2014
- Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
- ISBN: 978-0-12-387731-4
"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."--
Table of Contents
HOW FUNGAL FOSSILS ARE FORMED AND STUDIED
HOW OLD ARE THE FUNGI?
BLASTOCLADIOMYCOTA Classification of fungi
BACTERIA AND FUNGUS-LIKE ORGANISMS