[N] 2008 Endolithic fungi: A possible killer for the mass extinction of Cretaceous dinosa
Gong, Y., Xu, R. & Hu, B. (2008) Endolithic fungi: A possible killer for the mass extinction of Cretaceous dinosaurs. Sci China Ser D-Earth Sci, Jun. 2008, vol. 51, no. 6, 801-807
Mycelium-like structures found under ESEM within radial sections of fragmental dinosaur eggshells would be the endolithic fungi coexistent with dinosaur eggs in the upper part of the Late Cretaceous Hugang Formation from the Wenjiaping section of Wenxian, Danjiangkou, northwestern Hubei, Central China. The endolithic fungi selectively occurred in the bad biomineral zone within the columnar layer of the eggshells, where the crowded endolithic fungi penetrated the columnar layer at near-vertical or near-horizontal angles.
The endolithic fungi are needle-like, ribbon-like and silk-like, and 5