O mais antigo fóssil de cogumelo de Gondwana (Formação Crato, CE, Brasil) Cretáceo Inferior

sábado, junho 10, 2017

The oldest fossil mushroom

Sam W. Heads , Andrew N. Miller, J. Leland Crane, M. Jared Thomas, Danielle M. Ruffatto, Andrew S. Methven, Daniel B. Raudabaugh, Yinan Wang

Published: June 7, 2017https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178327


A new fossil mushroom is described and illustrated from the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of northeast Brazil. Gondwanagaricites magnificus gen. et sp. nov. is remarkable for its exceptional preservation as a mineralized replacement in laminated limestone, as all other fossil mushrooms are known from amber inclusions. Gondwanagaricites represents the oldest fossil mushroom to date and the first fossil mushroom from Gondwana.

Citation: Heads SW, Miller AN, Crane JL, Thomas MJ, Ruffatto DM, Methven AS, et al. (2017) The oldest fossil mushroom. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0178327. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178327

Editor: William Oki Wong, Institute of Botany, CHINA

Received: March 26, 2017; Accepted: May 10, 2017; Published: June 7, 2017

Copyright: © 2017 Heads et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Data Availability: All relevant data are within the paper.

Funding: This work was partly supported by US National Science Foundation grant EF-1304622 (to SWH) and EF-1205935 and EF-1502735 (to ANM).

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.