Mushrooms have been poisoned at all times. The family of the ancient Greek poet Euripides , the author of Medea, perished from poisonous mushrooms . Pope Clement VII and King Charles VI of France were fatally poisoned by mushrooms .
Molecular genetic studies of fungi and animals have shown that their DNA is as close as possible. This implies a seemingly paradoxical conclusion: mushrooms, along with animals, are the closest relatives of humans.
The well-known cap mushrooms grow in 3-6 days, die in 10-14 days. Mushrooms that are part of lichens live up to 600 years.