Thursday, April 20, 2017

A BUNCH OF PALEONTOLOGISTS ARGUE OVER WHETHER OR NOT PROTOTAXITES WAS A GIANT FUNGUS OR A ROLL OF MOSS!!!!

Remember when we learned about that enigma fossil prototaxites? The one that maybe looked like a giant... well... it looked vaguely phallic. Some say it was actually a roll of liverwort moss. I'm skeptical of this, but the way I found these articles on the Web of Science is hilarious.

At the bottom of the page was this article:
http://apps.webofknowledge.com/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=OneClickSearch&qid=29&SID=1F9ceq7GOkeWkpBd6Et&page=1&doc=10
with the title: STRUCTURAL, PHYSIOLOGICAL, AND STABLE CARBON ISOTOPIC EVIDENCE THAT THE ENIGMATIC PALEOZOIC FOSSIL PROTOTAXITES FORMED FROM ROLLED LIVERWORT MATS

Above that, was an article by the same people from later that year:
http://apps.webofknowledge.com/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=OneClickSearch&qid=32&SID=1F9ceq7GOkeWkpBd6Et&page=1&doc=9
with the title:
ROLLED LIVERWORT MATS EXPLAIN MAJOR PROTOTAXITES FEATURES: RESPONSE TO COMMENTARIES

Directly above was an article from the SAME ISSUE AS THE LAST:
entitled: THE ENIGMATIC DEVONIAN FOSSIL PROTOTAXITES IS NOT A ROLLED-UP LIVERWORT MAT: COMMENT ON THE PAPER BY GRAHAM ET AL. (AJB 97: 268-275)

Wow. So much salt. 

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