Amino-acids in Anthracite

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A TOPIC of current interest in palæo-biochemistry is the demonstration of chemical constituents in fossils from the earliest plant and animal life. It has been shown that bones of great archæological age may contain appreciable amounts of organic nitrogen1,2. Even such highly organized compounds as amino-acids have been identified in fossil shells and bones3.

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HEIJKENSKJÖLD, F., MÖLLERBERG, H. Amino-acids in Anthracite. Nature 181, 334–335 (1958) doi:10.1038/181334b0

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