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Discussion in 'Mushroom Hunting' started by ccavacini, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. ccavacini

    ccavacini Super Mod Mod

    CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) -- Scientists have identified the Godzilla of fungi, a giant, prehistoric fossil that has evaded classification for more than a century, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
    A chemical analysis has shown that the 20-foot-tall organism with a tree-like trunk was a fungus that became extinct more than 350 million years ago, according to a study appearing in the May issue of the journal Geology.
    Known as Prototaxites, the giant fungus originally was thought to be a conifer. Then some believed it was a lichen, or various types of algae. Some suspected it was a fungus.
    "A 20-foot-fungus doesn't make any sense. Neither does a 20-foot-tall algae make any sense, but here's the fossil," C. Kevin Boyce, a University of Chicago assistant professor of geophysical sciences, said in a statement.
  2. i would have to get a bigger pan and lot of butter :bowdown:

  3. Believe it or not, you just know that JL's going to post one of those suckers on here pretty soon. He's done with turkey and has some free time now.
  4. :lol: I'll need an axe to cut it down!
  5. ;) Oh yes an axe............
  6. I thought that you especially would get a kick out of that one!
  7. [FONT=Verdana, sans serif]:biggrin: [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, sans serif][/FONT] [FONT=Verdana, sans serif][/FONT] [FONT=Verdana, sans serif]Formidable Fungus is World's Largest Organism [/FONT]
    Mega mushroom expands in Oregon forest [FONT=verdana,Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-2]
    by David Johnson
    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]This article was posted on December 7, 2000.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica](AP Photo/Oregon State University)[/FONT][FONT=verdana, sans-serif]What is probably the largest living organism on earth has been discovered in the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon. A fungus living three feet underground is estimated to cover 2,200 acres. After testing samples from various locations, scientists say it is all one organism. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]One Thousand Football Fields[/FONT]

    Officially known as Armillaria ostoyae, or the honey mushroom, the fungus is 3.5 miles across and takes up 1,665 football fields. The small mushrooms visible above ground are only the tip of the iceberg.
    Experts estimate that the giant mushroom is at least 2,400 years old, but could be 7,200 years old.
    Previously, the world's largest organism was another Armillaria ostoyae, which covers a mere 1,500 acres near Mt. Adams in Washington state.
    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]ENCYCLOPEDIA LINKS[/FONT]​
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    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]A Web of Tentacles[/FONT]

    Scientists became interested in that section of forest when trees began to die. The honey mushroom uses tentacles, called rhizomorphs, to take water and nutrients from roots, killing trees.
    The process benefits the ecosystem by creating clearings where new plants grow. Animals, such as woodpeckers, live in the dead tree trunks. Mushrooms also recycle nutrients
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Dry Climate Helps[/FONT]

    The dry climate of eastern Oregon discourages competition from new growth, leaving space for mushrooms already established.
    [FONT=Verdana, sans-serif]Genetically Closer to People[/FONT]

    In other research, scientists have determined that fungi are more closely related to human beings and animals than to other plants.
    Moreover, while humans and most species are divided into only two sexes, mushrooms contain over 36,000 sexes.

    Last edited: Apr 29, 2007
  8. if I found that mushroom would it still only be worth .10 of a point in the ISSC challenge? :tdo12:

    I'd need it to be worth more to compensate for the flippin turkeys that I can't seem to kill :rant: