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Three series of rearranged hopanes in Toarcian sediments (northern Italy)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Farrimond


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A suite of 36 shales and marls from the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event section at three localities in northern Italy was found to contain variable contents of three series of rearranged hopanes: 17α-diahopanes (C27 and C29-34; and trace C35), 18α-neohopanes (C27 and C29-30) and an unidentified early-eluting series (C27 and C29-35). Principal component analysis (PCA) shows the 17α-diahopanes and the early-eluting rearranged hopanes to closely covary, suggesting a related diagenetic mechanism for the formation of their rearranged skeletons. A general covariance with diasteranes is also noted. The 18α-neohopanes show no covariance with diasteranes or the other two series of rearranged hopanes. We also report 2α-methyl analogues of the 17α-diahopanes and early-eluting rearranged hopanes. We propose that the neohopanes may be at least partly derived from different biohopanoid precursors than the other two series of rearranged hopanes, and that the diagenetic origin of the neohopane structure differs from that of the 17α-diahopanes and the unidentified early-eluting series.

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Author(s): Farrimond P, Telnaes N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organic Geochemistry

Year: 1996

Volume: 25

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 165-177

Print publication date: 01/12/1996

ISSN (print): 0146-6380

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5290

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0146-6380(96)00127-1


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