Contaminated Meteorite

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Science  27 Nov 1964:
Vol. 146, Issue 3648, pp. 1157-1161
DOI: 10.1126/science.146.3648.1157


One stone of the Orgueil meteorite shower contains an assortment of biogenic materials: coal fragments, seed capsules of the reed Juncus conglomeratus, other plant fragments, and an optically active, water-soluble protein material resembling collagen-derived glues. This sample seems to have been accidentally or deliberately contaminated shortly after the fall of the meteorite in 1864.

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