In short, complex life got started even earlier than we had thought, which leaves even less time for unguided, Darwinian evolution.
The history of life keeps changing on us. Much more stasis, much less Darwin. Where will we end up?
Imagine. Non-reactive gold does all that for fungus. Is there anything is nature that is absolutely useless?
“‘This means that if fungi are already present around 900-1000 million years ago, so should animals have been,’ he told AFP.” If so, not nearly as much time from the Big Bang onward for all that complexity to just sort of slosh into existence…