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Peculiar parasitic fungi discovered growing out of the rectum of a 50 million-year-old fossilized ant


By Harry Baker

June 28, 2021

Scientists have identified a new species of extinct parasitic fungus bursting from the backside of a 50 million-year-old ant, all perfectly preserved in amber. 


In addition to the bulbous mushroom protruding from the ant’s rectum, evidence of the freaky fungus can be seen throughout the body of its unlucky host. The ant likely died as a result of its fungal infection and was fortuitously fixed in tree resin (which fossilizes into amber) shortly afterward. It is the oldest example of a fungal parasite ever discovered in ants. 

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