What was 20 feet tall, the largest organism in the world 350 mill years ago?

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What was 20 feet tall, the largest organism in the world 350 mill years ago?

Yes your right! It was a fungus!

Maybe those stories about people living in mushrooms was a form of species memory?

Prototaxites has generated controversy for more than a century. Originally classified as a conifer, scientists later argued that it was instead a lichen, various types of algae or a fungus.

Whatever it was, it stood in tree-like trunks more than 20 feet tall, making it the largest-known organism on land in its day, 350 million years ago.

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No matter what argument you put forth, people say, well, that's crazy. That doesn't make any sense, a 20-foot-tall fungus doesn't make any sense. Neither does a 20-foot-tall algae make any sense, but here's the fossil."

said C. Kevin Boyce, an Assistant Professor in Geophysical Sciences at Chicago.

Prototaxites lived worldwide from approximately 420 million to 350 million years ago. During this period, which spans part of the Silurian and Devonian periods of geologic time, terrestrial Earth looked quite alien in comparison to the modern world.

Simple vascular plants, the ancestors of the familiar conifers, ferns and flowering plants of today, began to diversify on land during the Devonian Period. "Initially, they're just stems. They don't have roots. They don't have leaves. They don't have anything like that," Boyce said.

Millipedes, wingless insects and worms were among the other organisms making a living on land by then, but no backboned animals had yet evolved out of the oceans. "That world was a very strange place," Boyce said.

Although vascular plants had established themselves on land 40 million years before the appearance of Prototaxites, the tallest among them stood no more than a couple feet high. By the end of the Devonian, approximately 345 million years ago, large trees, ferns, seeds, leaves and roots had all evolved. "They're all there. They just exploded over this one time period," Boyce said.

Much more on site
 http://www.sciencedaily.com...
By netchicken: posted on 24-4-2007

Here is a picture of the fungus fossil and how they might have looked

Giant stalks of Prototaxites rise above the landscape in an artist's rendition of Earth 420 million to 370 million years ago (top).

New research on the mystery fossil, like this sample found in Saudi Arabia (bottom), backs up earlier theories that Prototaxites was a massive fungus that stood up to 24 feet (8 meters) tall.

 http://news.nationalgeograp...

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By netchicken: posted on 27-4-2007

WHAT ? Are you telling me that God created Fungus first ? There sure isnt any mention in the Book of Genesis.
....And then God said..Let there be Fungus and so there was.....;)
By IAF: posted on 27-4-2007








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