X

Trivia

Hard

Before Trees Towered Over The Earth, What Did?

Flowers
Ferns
Dinosaurs
Fungus

Answer: Fungus

Long before trees became the lofty and sky-dominating organism they evolved into, there was another towering organism dotting the temperate plains of the globe: giant fungi. Millions of years before Earth would turn into a lush and largely forested biosphere, the tallest organisms around were fungus of the genus Prototaxites.

420 to 370 million years ago, these towering fungi grew three feet in diameter and twenty six feet tall, by far the largest plant around. Although they eventually died out with the rise of larger trees and expanding forests, the Prototaxites have an interesting connection to the trees that replaced them. There is evidence that for millions of years before the trees took over, organisms were boring into the large trunks of the fungi, a skill they took with them with the rise of the trees; early tree-boring organisms, then, cut their evolutionary teeth on huge fungus.

Trivia

Hard

What Year Was The Times Square Ball Upgraded To LEDs?

Trivia

Hard

Which Planet Did Carl Sagan Want To Terraform First?

Trivia

Easy

People Pay A Premium For Coffee Beans Excreted By What?

Trivia

Hard

Coffee Breaks First Appeared At A Company Located In?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Planets Radiate More Heat Than They Get From The Sun?

Trivia

Very Hard

When You’re Up To Shenanigans, You’re Acting Like What?

Trivia

Hard

In The 1980s A Nuclear Safety Task Force Proposed The Creation Of What, To Protect Future Civilizations?

Trivia

Hard

Microsoft Once Released An Official Windows Training Video Starring Cast Members From?

Trivia

Hard

An Accidental Spill Of What Has Led To A 30 Year Oceanographic Study?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Empire Ruled Over The Largest Percentage Of Earth’s Population?