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Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms


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“Around 420 to 350 million years ago, land plants were still a relatively new phenomenon on Earth, the tallest trees standing just under a metre high. Thanks to an enormous fossil dug up in Saudi Arabia in 2008, scientists have suggested that ancient fungi ruled the land before trees. These fungi, known as Prototaxites, boasted trunks that stretched one metre wide and eight metres tall. ”

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