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Molecular palaeontology: new life for old molecules

Curry, G.B. (1987) Molecular palaeontology: new life for old molecules. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2 (6). pp. 161-165. ISSN 0169-5347 (doi:10.1016/0169-5347(87)90067-X )

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Abstract

It is perhaps not generally realized that rocks contain at least J0 000 times more organic material than the present day global biomass. More importantly, it has now been demonstrated that some diagnostic molecular structures survive in recognizable form for many millions of years. The development of powerful new techniques for the recovery, purification and identification of organic compounds has provided a major stimulus to the study of these molecular fossils

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Curry, Dr Gordon
Authors: Curry, G.B.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Trends in Ecology and Evolution
ISSN:0169-5347
ISSN (Online):1872-8383
Published Online:13 November 2003

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