Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Murchison Meteorite

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Science  16 Jul 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 3993, pp. 237-239
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.3993.237


Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in the Murchison meteorite have been identified by the combined techniques of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. The distribution of the aromatic compounds suggests that they are the products of a high-temperature synthesis.