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This billion-year-old fungus could reveal how life migrated to land

This billion-year-old microscopic fossil fungus was unearthed in the North Territories of Canada. Image: Corentin Loron/University of Liege/Reuters

Aylin Woodward


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Fungi include molds that grow on foods like this tomato. Image: Dean Lerman/Nikon Small World
A fossil of Ourasphaira giraldae, the oldest fungus in the fossil record. Image: Corentin Loren
Researchers recently found a one-billion-year-old fossil fungus in the Northern Territories of Canada. Image: Robert Rainbird, Geological Survey of Canada.

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The fossil of Ourasphaira giraldae fungus is no bigger than 0.08 millimeters in size. Image: Corentin Loron

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