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Fossils Found In Canadian Arctic Are Earth's Oldest Known Fungus

WorldNews Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Fossils Found In Canadian Arctic Are Earth's Oldest Known FungusScientists say tiny fossils found in mudrock in the barren wilderness of the Canadian Arctic are the remains of the oldest known fungus on Earth, The Guardian reports. The minuscule organisms were discovered in shallow water shale, a kind of fine-grained sedimentary rock, in a region south of Victoria Island on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. Tests on the shale, which accumulated over millions of years in a river or lake, revealed that it formed between 900 million and 1 billion years ago in what is now the Northwest Territories. The age of the rock makes the fungus half a billion years older than the previous record holder, a 450 million-year-old fungus that was unearthed in Wisconsin....
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A one-billion-year-old fungus found in the Canadian Arctic now holds the title for oldest of its kind known to humankind.

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