Table 1.

Abundance and molecular distribution of soluble organic compounds in the GRA 95229 and Murchison meteorites

CompoundGRA 95229Murchison
nmol/gnnmol/gn
Amino acids2,01550600100
Hydroxy acids80015>15238
Pyridine carboxylic acidsNF/70>7
Monocarboxylic acids908233,00048
Dicarboxylic acids9842030044
Amines1,5101913020
Hydrocarbons≈200≥1002,000≥300
  • Abundances for both meteorites are minimum numbers, many more compound are known present but cannot be positively identified. The Murchison meteorite fell in 1969 and has been extensively studied since then (1). NF, not found.

  • Nanomole/gram of meteorite.

  • Number of molecular species identified.