Fungal evolution (contributed by Jonathan Dixon, 2001)
My name is Jonathan Dixon and as a final year undergraduate student at the University of Manchester (UK) in 2001 I designed the original version of this website on Fungal Evolution for my final year project. It has been updated in 2011 and is primarily aimed at undergraduates in biological sciences, but anyone with a keen interest in fungi may find it useful and appealing. I decided to split the topic of fungal evolution into three main headings, however there is no order or dominance to any one grouping, so you can view them as you wish. They are:
Kingdom Fungi: This section briefly describes whereabouts fungi lies in the six kingdoms of life. It includes descriptions of all kingdoms, emphasizing, of course, on the broad definition of fungi.
Diversification: The kingdom fungi is split into 4 main phyla. This section includes knowledge regarding these phyla, as well as information on those organisms that have one time or another been confused with fungi.
Origins of fungi: Under this heading you will find information regarding the actual times of fungi divergence and the methods involved to find out such evolutionary dates.
Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester
Further information about the taxonomy, phylogeny and evolution of fungi can be found in the new textbook 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi by David Moore, Geoffrey D. Robson & Anthony P.J. Trinci. Published 2011 by Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9780521186957.
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Updated June 7, 2012