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Molecular Palaeontology

  1. Ben Waggoner

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001627



How to Cite

Waggoner, B. 2001. Molecular Palaeontology. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Central Arkansas, Comway, Arkansas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


The traces that organisms of the past have left are not restricted to their bones, shells, imprints, and tracks; biogenic macromolecules may also survive in the fossil record. As techniques for studying fossil macromolecules have expanded, information from molecules has complemented and expanded our knowledge of the history of life as derived from other types of fossils.


  • amino acids;
  • fossil DNA;
  • amber;
  • biomarkers;
  • kerogen