New Trove of Lichen Fossils Expands Total from 15 to 167
AdvertisementScale bar 500 micrometers. Credit: Kaasalainen et al. 2017Until this year, only 15 lichen fossils had ever been discovered and published. 15. Considering the ubiquity and toughness of lichensboth their leathery, decay-resistant, persiste
AdvertisementScale bar 500 micrometers. Credit: Kaasalainen et al. 2017Until this year, only 15 lichen fossils had ever been discovered and published. 15. Considering the ubiquity and toughness of lichens – both their leathery, decay-resistant, persistent bodies and their reputation for homesteading places so extreme that no other life forms even try to horn in – to me that number is shocking.Fortunately, a team of German and Finnish scientists decided to take a closer look at a rich...

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