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Kar, R. K., Sharma, N, and Kar, R,. 2004, Occurrence of fossil fungi inp. 1053-1056.
dinosaur dung and its implication on food habit: Current Science, v. 87,
See the abstract for the Kar et al. paper at
A genetic study of living plants by Hedges et al., published in _Science_ on
August 10, 2001, (see
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