Triterpene Alcohol Isolation from Oil Shale

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Science  14 Mar 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3872, pp. 1192-1193
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3872.1192


Isoarborinol, an intact pentacyclic unsaturated alcohol, was isolated from the Messel oil shale (about 50 x 106 years old). Complex organic substances, even those very sensitive to oxidation, reduction, or acidic conditions, can thus survive without alteration for long periods.

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