The puffball is a member of several groups of fungi in the division Basidiomycota. The unusual thing about them is that they have no open cap or gills or spore tubes. Instead the spores are produced inside the fruit body and released only when the fruit body becomes dry and splits. I came across these while I was out for a walk in the Seven Tubs Nature Area in February (our late Winter season in Pennsylvania).
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