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The database is hosted by Kiel University
and is established by Magda Wieckowska-
Lüth, Wiebke Kirleis and Kay Schmütz,
Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology.

© Wieckowska-Lüth/Kirleis/Schmütz 2020

Type: HdV-1009

Category: Fungi

Taxonomical identification: Chaetomium sp.

First publication: van Geel, B., Gelorini, V., Lyaruu, A., Aptroot, A., Rucina, S., Marchant, R., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S. and Verschuren, D. (2011) Diversity and ecology of tropical African fungal spores from a 25,000-year palaeoenvironmental record in southeastern Kenya. Repalynomorphs contribution to the local environmental history in the Ligurian Apennines: a preliminary study. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 19, 503–512

Other Publication/s:
Buurman, J., van Geel, B. and van Reenen, G.B.A. (1995) Palaeoecological investigations of a Late Bronze Age watering-place at Bovenkarspel, The Netherlands. Mededelingen Rijks Geologische Dienst 52, 249–270
van Geel, B., Buurman, J., Brinkkemper, O., Schelvis, J., Aptroot, A., van Reenen, G.B.A. and Hakbijl, T. (2003) Environmental reconstruction of a Roman Period settlement site in Uitgeest (The Netherlands), with special reference to coprophilous fungi. Journal of Archaeological Science 30, 873–883

Description: Ascospores lemon-shaped, ca. 8–10 × 7–8 μm, bilaterally flattened with apical pores. Apart from the occurrence of their fossil ascospores in deposits from natural habitats, fossil Chaetomium spores also appeared to be linked to archaeological sites (Buurman et al., 1995; van Geel et al., 2003).

(Sub-) Fossil occurence: No information

Co-occurence: No information

Modern occurence: Chaetomium species are cellulose-decomposing fungi occurring on plant remains and dung.

Palaeoenvironmental indication: No information