Mycologists (mushroom and fungus scientists) have confirmed that a variety of mushroom discovered in England is a previously unknown species. Big deal. We're writing about it on a humor site because it looks like a human.
No, you're not on the other kind of 'shrooms. (Via IFL Science)
Jonathan Revett is a mushroom hunter and mushroom blogger, and delights especially in coming across rare specimens. In 2000, he was walking along a country road in Norfolk, England, when he came across some very strange looking mushrooms. Well, they were strange in that they bore a resemblance to a very familiar form: MAN.
Other characteristics indicated to Revett that they were a variety of mushroom called Earthstars, but they still seemed a little off (beyond their creepy humanlike form). So he sent them to some labs for analysis, and it took 15 years, but a study recently published in Field Mycology confirmed that this was, in fact, an entirely new species called Geastrum britannicum.
"Come and play with us, Danny. Forever, and ever…" (Via IFL Science)
The takeaway here is of course that they look like people, which is amazing if you're an "everything is connected" kind of person, or terrifying if you're a "nature will rise up and avenge our destruction of the planet" kind of person. Nevertheless, these mushrooms are not considered edible. But nor are they poisonous. Kind of like if you ate a human.