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Mark O. Martin

This must be near perfection for your mycophilia, Elio! It reminds me very much of the work of Raul Cano and his coworkers, who were able (they say) to isolate viable bacterial spores from ancient (megayears before present) amber. Or the folks who say that they have isolated living bacteria from crystals of halite many megayears old. Ah, but how do you prove the age---rather than just VERY slow growth in cracks of the amber over eons? Wiser heads than mine have debated this subject vigorously.

As for levels of parasitism, I will quote Jonathan Swift:

“So, naturalists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller fleas to bite ‘em,
And so proceed, ad infinitum.”
-Jonathan Swift, On Poetry: A Rhapsody (1733)

I'm sure that there are more than a few bacteria and even viruses involved in the mix! Every living thing is essentially an ecosystem to be exploited by other living things....

Great post!

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