The rhythm of life on Earth includes several strong themes contributed by
Kingdom Fungi. So why are fungi ignored when theorists ponder the origin
of life? Casting aside common theories that life originated in an oceanic
primeval soup, in a deep, hot place, or even a warm little pond, this is a
mycological perspective on the emergence of life on Earth. The author
traces the crucial role played by the first biofilms – products of
aerosols, storms, volcanic plumes and rainout from a turbulent atmosphere
– which formed in volcanic caves 4 billion years ago. Moore describes how
these biofilms contributed to the formation of the first prokaryotic
cells, and later, unicellular stem eukaryotes, highlighting the role of
the fungal grade of organisation in the evolution of higher organisms.
Based on the latest research, this is a unique account of the origin of
life and its evolutionary diversity to the present day.