The Fossil History of Ascomycetes

  • T. N. Taylor
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 269)


Examples of fossil ascomycetes are described from throughout the geologic record with the oldest forms coming from rocks of Silurian age. During the Carboniferous there were several forms that morphologically resemble modern plectomycetes. Epiphyllous fungi are probably an ancient group that radiated extensively during the Tertiary. Both the fossil record and molecular sequence data suggest that the ascomycetes are older than previously thought.


Fossil Record Lower Devonian Clamp Connection Fungal Group Molecular Sequence Data 
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  • T. N. Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Plant Biology and Byrd Polar Research CenterThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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