Upper Eocene Gilled Mushroom from the Dominican Republic

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Science  01 Jun 1990:
Vol. 248, Issue 4959, pp. 1099-1101
DOI: 10.1126/science.248.4959.1099


Coprinites dominicana gen.nov., spec.nov. (Coprinaceae) found in amber from the Dominican Republic is the earliest known gilled mushroom, the first fossil fleshy agaric determinable, and the only kiiown fossil "mushroom" (Agaricales) from the tropics. This find is of significance with respect to the evolutionary development of the Basidiomycetes. Because the appearance of this fossil is quite modern, it suggests that mushrooms as a group probably arose much earlier than the early to mid-Tertiary.

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