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    Victoria, Australia
    Similar to the previous lot. This fragment originates from a far smaller meteorite from the same event previously described, and contains largely identical prebiotics as the Murchison meteorite shower originated from a parent body that was seen to detonate in the upper atmosphere. The conchoidally fractured face reveals the quintessential internal structure of Murchison. Featured within the carbonaceous matrix are scores of white CAIs (calcium aluminum inclusions), the oldest matter mankind can touch (see previous description). The reverse is covered in fusion crust. This specimen was deaccessioned from Chicago's Field Museum to the Macovich Collection, which provided the other portion to Brother Guy Consolmagno, Curator of Meteorites at the Vatican Observatory.

    This specimen is also accompanied by the Schmitt-Kopplin article"High Molecular Diversity of Extraterrestrial Organic Matter in Murchison Meteorite Revealed 40 Years After its Fall," which appeared in the February 16, 2010 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 49 x 38 x 21 mm (2 x 1.5 x .75 inches) and 30.76 grams.

    Provenance: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; The Macovich Collection of Meteorites.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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