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Dino amino acid studies
A colleague of mine has just done an amino acid profile of the
Scottish dinosaur bone I've been working on (Dougie the Dinosaur
(sauropod)). She has been able to detect the following amino acids in
reasonable concentrations (in pmol);
Does anyone else on this list work on similar studies? We have a
number of other large molecules present in the analyses and the
sample will be looked at with a mass spec to try and identify some of
the other peaks.
BTW amino acids are found in most fossil material as far back as the
Cambrian and beyond. So it is not unusual that amino acids should
be found in dinosaurs as some are quite stable molecules. DNA is
another story altogether.
Curator of Palaeontology
University of Glasgow
Mountains are found in erogenous zones.
(Geological Howlers - ed. WDI Rolfe)