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Fossil ascomycetes in Quaternary deposits

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Abstract:

Remains of various ascomycetes, mainly ascospores, have been detected during palynological studies of lake sediments, peat deposits and samples from archaeological sites. Many taxa can be identified to genus or species level of extant taxa. Ascospore remains may sometimes give indications about the palaeohabitat: for instance, Amphisphaerella dispersella suggests the presence of Populus in the vicinity. Among the identified fungi are several species of the Sordariales, which are valuable dung indicators in archaeological sites. Coprophilous fungi also characterise samples from the Pleistocene mammoth steppe.

Keywords: ASCOMYCETES; ASCOSPORES; FOSSIL; HOLOCENE; IDENTIFICATION; PALAEOECOLOGY; PALYNOLOGY; PLEISTOCENE; SORDARIALES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1127/0029-5035/2006/0082-0313

Publication date: 2006-05-01

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