Amino Acids in an Antarctic Carbonaceous Chondrite

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Science  19 Oct 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4416, pp. 335-337
DOI: 10.1126/science.206.4416.335


Amino acids have been found in aqueous extracts of a C2 carbonaceous chondrite recovered from Antarctica. The composition of the amino acids strongly suggests that they have a meteoritic origin. Comparison of these results with those obtained with other C2 chondrites supports the view that Antarctic meteorites have not been significantly altered by terrestrial processes since their fall.