• DNA evidence suggests that almost all fungi have a single common ancestor.
  • The earliest fungi may have evolved about 600 million years ago or even earlier.
  • They were probably aquatic organisms with a flagellum.
  • Fossils of terrestrial fungi date back almost 400 million years.
  • Fungi first colonized the land at least 460million years ago, around the same time as plants.
  • They may have been the dominant life forms on Earth at that time.
  • The fossil record shows fungi were abundant in many places.
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