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Re: Coprolites/fungi

Kar, R. K., Sharma, N, and Kar, R,. 2004, Occurrence of fossil fungi in
dinosaur dung and its implication on food habit: Current Science, v. 87, n. >8,
p. 1053-1056.

See the abstract for the Kar et al. paper at http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/bsa-abst/section8/abstracts/35.shtml.

A genetic study of living plants by Hedges et al., published in _Science_ on August 10, 2001, (see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010810070021.htm) suggests that fungi first appeared around 1.3 billion years ago, although the fossil record for fungi only goes back to the Vendian period in the Late Precambrian (see http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fungi/fungifr.html).

"Dino Guy" Ralph W. Miller III
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
proud member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology