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Cryptic terrestrial fungus-like fossils of the early Ediacaran Period
Gan, Tian1,2,3,4,5; Luo, Taiyi1; Pang, Ke(庞科)3,4,5; Zhou, Chuanming周传明3,4; Zhou, Guanghong6; Wan, Bin(万斌)3,4; Li, Gang7; Yi, Qiru5; Czaja, Andrew D.8; Xiao, Shuhai2
2021-01-28
Source PublicationNATURE COMMUNICATIONS
ISSN2041-1723
Volume12Issue:1Pages:12
Abstract

The colonization of land by fungi had a significant impact on the terrestrial ecosystem and biogeochemical cycles on Earth surface systems. Although fungi may have diverged similar to 1500-900 million years ago (Ma) or even as early as 2400Ma, it is uncertain when fungi first colonized the land. Here we report pyritized fungus-like microfossils preserved in the basal Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation (similar to 635Ma) in South China. These micro-organisms colonized and were preserved in cryptic karstic cavities formed via meteoric water dissolution related to deglacial isostatic rebound after the terminal Cryogenian snowball Earth event. They are interpreted as eukaryotes and probable fungi, thus providing direct fossil evidence for the colonization of land by fungi and offering a key constraint on fungal terrestrialization.

DOI10.1038/s41467-021-20975-1
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41530210] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41873058] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41921002] ; Natural Science Fund of Guizhou Province, China[JZ(2015)2009] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[XDB 26000000] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[QYZDJ-SSW-DQC009] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[XDB18000000] ; National Key Research and Development Program of China[2017YFC0603100] ; China Scholarship Council ; US National Science Foundation[EAR-2021207] ; Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000616784300002
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Natural Science Fund of Guizhou Province, China ; Chinese Academy of Sciences ; National Key Research and Development Program of China ; China Scholarship Council ; US National Science Foundation ; Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
PublisherNATURE RESEARCH
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nigpas.ac.cn/handle/332004/37839
Collection中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
Corresponding AuthorLuo, Taiyi; Pang, Ke(庞科); Xiao, Shuhai
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geochem, State Key Lab Ore Deposit Geochem, Guiyang, Peoples R China
2.Virginia Tech, Dept Geosci, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA
3.Chinese Acad Sci, State Key Lab Palaeobiol & Stratig, Nanjing Inst Geol & Palaeontol, Nanjing, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Ctr Excellence Life & Paleoenvironm, Nanjing, Peoples R China
5.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
6.Guizhou Educ Univ, Sch Geog & Resources, Guiyang, Peoples R China
7.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst High Energy Phys, Beijing, Peoples R China
8.Univ Cincinnati, Dept Geol, Cincinnati, OH USA
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Gan, Tian,Luo, Taiyi,Pang, Ke,et al. Cryptic terrestrial fungus-like fossils of the early Ediacaran Period[J]. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS,2021,12(1):12.
APA Gan, Tian.,Luo, Taiyi.,Pang, Ke.,Zhou, Chuanming周传明.,Zhou, Guanghong.,...&Xiao, Shuhai.(2021).Cryptic terrestrial fungus-like fossils of the early Ediacaran Period.NATURE COMMUNICATIONS,12(1),12.
MLA Gan, Tian,et al."Cryptic terrestrial fungus-like fossils of the early Ediacaran Period".NATURE COMMUNICATIONS 12.1(2021):12.
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