Conservation de sucres dans les phases organiques d'os de bovidés fossiles

Hélène DAVID, Yannicke DAUPHIN, Martin PICKFORD & Brigitte SENUT

fr Bulletin du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 4ème série – section C – Sciences de la Terre, Paléontologie, Géologie, Minéralogie 18 (2-3) - Pages

Published on 01 August 1996

Sugar preservation in the organic matter in fossil bovid bones

SEM observations and electron microprobe analyses have shown that the microstructure and chemical composition of a Plio-pleistocene bovid bone (Humpata Plateau, Angola) are well preserved. However, infrared spectroscopy spectra exhibit clear differences between Recent and fossil samples. Organic bands weaken relative to mineral ones in the fossil, whereas cristallinity rate and CO3/PO4 ratio increase. DRIFT spectra carried on the extracted organic matrices demonstrate the presence of proteic and sugar contents in the fossil bone, but the composition of the fossil organic matrices are modified by diagenetic processes.
Keywords :
Angola, Bovidae, infrared spectroscopy, sugar