December 20, 2012

Fear the Fungi: They're Coming for Us

John Upton, Slate

AP Photo

Our single-celled ancestors darted around the world’s vast ocean a billion years ago, propelling themselves with tiny flagella tails and feeding on primitive plants, algae, and one another. Around this time, two groups of these ancient creatures branched into what would become two of life’s most successful kingdoms. One group developed into animals. The other became fungi.

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TAGGED: Taxonomy, Disease, Fungus