Peyote Alkaloids: Identification in a Prehistoric Specimen of Lophophora from Coahuila, Mexico

Science  31 Mar 1978:
Vol. 199, Issue 4336, pp. 1437-1438
DOI: 10.1126/science.199.4336.1437


Mescaline, anhalonine, lophophorine, pellotine, and anhalonidine have been identified in alkaloid extracts of a prehistoric specimen of Lophophora from a burial cave in west central Coahuila, Mexico. The specimen is associated with radiocarbon dates of A.D. 810 to 1070 and is one of the oldest materials ever submitted to alkaloid analysis.