Fungi and its fragmentary fossil history
purves at THUBAN.AC.HMC.EDU
Mon Nov 15 05:29:11 EST 1999
Colleen Feucht inquired:
>I have a question about the history of fungi. Scientists today believe
>fungi are more closely related to animals than they are to plants.
>Characteristics of this group seperate it into it's own kingdom. Is it
>possible that fungi are the first animals to evolve on our planet? Does
>anyone have any thoughts on this subject?
It would be incorrect to say that fungi are/were the first animals.
The fungi are sister to the animals. Both kingdoms are monophyletic.
No fungus was an animal, and no animal was a fungus.
However, the fungi and animals share an ancestor that was NOT ancestral
to plants. I hope this is of some use, Colleen.
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