Scientists have discovered fossils of a fungal lifeform that lived between 715 and 810 million years ago, long before the dawn of complex life. The specimens, which are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are more than 250 million years older than the next oldest evidence of fungi.
The discovery has big implications for reconstructing the timeline of evolution on Earth, which was significantly shaped by fungi, a kingdom of life that includes mushrooms, yeasts, and moulds.
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