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New Ancient Fungus Finding Suggests World's Forests Were Wiped Out In Global Catastrophe

Before there were dinosaurs and the continents still formed what is known as Pangaea, there was Reduviasporonites. This wood eating fungus dominated our planet's land mass following a global catastrophe that saw Basalt lava flows which exterminated up to 96 per cent of all marine species and 70 per cent of land species.

New research findings helped a team of UK and US researches determine that the Earth's forests had been wiped during this cataclysmic event. "The team suggest that the basalt lava, which flowed during Permian-Triassic catastrophe, unleashed toxic gases into the air. The gases had a dual effect, producing acid rain and depleting the ozone layer. The outcome was the destruction of forests, providing enough rotting vegetation to nourish Reduviasporonites so that they could proliferate across Pangaea.

Researchers had previously been unsure as to whether Reduviasporonites were a type of fungus or algae. By analyzing the carbon and nitrogen content of the fossilized remains of the microscopic organisms, the scientists identified them as a type of wood-rotting fungus that would have lived inside dead trees."

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