The present study considered a possible way of classifying fossil and sub-fossil resins by means of thermal analysis, by using thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermogravimetric (DTG) profiles. We used samples of resins of different origin and ages, ranging from present-day to Triassic (225 million years ago (Ma)), in order to extend the knowledge of thermal patterns of very ancient resins. Under differential thermogravimetric analysis, all the samples presented a main exothermal event, whose temperature varied among resins of different age. The increasing value of the main exothermal peak varies with the increase of the age of the specimen and a significant linear correlation was found (r=0.701, P<0.01) with a slope of 0.216. Additional information came in relation to paleobotanical origin, lithology and diagenesis of the fossil samples. Thermal analysis of fossil resins appears therefore as a useful method that may improve the characterization of fossil resins and well correlates with the maturation grade.

Classification of amber based on thermal analysis

RAGAZZI, EUGENIO;ROGHI, GUIDO;
2003

Abstract

The present study considered a possible way of classifying fossil and sub-fossil resins by means of thermal analysis, by using thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermogravimetric (DTG) profiles. We used samples of resins of different origin and ages, ranging from present-day to Triassic (225 million years ago (Ma)), in order to extend the knowledge of thermal patterns of very ancient resins. Under differential thermogravimetric analysis, all the samples presented a main exothermal event, whose temperature varied among resins of different age. The increasing value of the main exothermal peak varies with the increase of the age of the specimen and a significant linear correlation was found (r=0.701, P<0.01) with a slope of 0.216. Additional information came in relation to paleobotanical origin, lithology and diagenesis of the fossil samples. Thermal analysis of fossil resins appears therefore as a useful method that may improve the characterization of fossil resins and well correlates with the maturation grade.
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