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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
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||Curry, Dr Gordon|
|College/School:||College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Earth Sciences|
|Journal Name:||Trends in Ecology and Evolution|
|Published Online:||13 November 2003|