This was first discovered in 1859, the photograph was taken by Franz Hoover. The photo was taken in the 1950s in Saudi Arabia. 420 million years ago,
this organism existed, and it was called Prototaxites.
Prototaxites LAYING DOWN was about 3ft tall. The tallest plants on earth at that time were less than 2ft tall. Dr. Boyce at the University of Chicago
published an article in the Journal of Geology this past year determining that Prototaxites was a giant fungus. A giant mushroom.
Across the landscapes of earth were dotted these giant mushrooms all across most land masses and these existed for tens of millions of years.
Now we've had several extinction events, and most of you know around 65 million years ago this planet experienced an asteroid impact. A huge amount
of debris filled the atmosphere, sunlight was cut off, and fungi inherited the earth.
Those organisms that paired with fungi were rewarded because fungi does not need light. More recently at Einstein University they just determined that
fungi use radiation as a source of food or energy, as compared to how plants use light.
So the possibility of fungi existing on other planets, I think, is an obvious conclusion. At least in my own mind.
I have personally devoted many hours of my time researching mycelium, fungi, and mushrooms, up until the point where I self proclaimed myself an
I have also come to the conclusion that fungi is the single most crucial organism to maintaining a healthy planet.
Besides the fact that mycelium is literally natures "internet" connecting every living plant and organism that it stretches out to touch in a
synchronized network of nutrition distribution, it has been proven to increase ESP or psychic abilities in humans substantially.
Imagine the possibilities of resource production if we were to create a forest of industrial hemp which was connected in a network of mycelium.
Here are a few very interesting videos about this subject:
Part (1/3) of 1961 scientific experiments proving psilocybin mushrooms increase ESP levels:
And Paul Stamets, a senior mycologist, at a TED conference during a lecture on the possibilities of mycology and how it could very potentially save
[edit on 17-2-2010 by Mayan_Soul]