The meteorite was classified as a chassignite in 1978, but in 1983 trace element analysis showed that the Brachina meteorite was fundamentally different from Chassigny. It was therefor proposed that the meteorite should be the type specimen of a new meteorite class, the brachinites. This classification has remained valid since then.
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^ abcNehru, C. E.; Prinz, M.; Delaney, J. S.; Dreibus, G.; Palme, H.; Spettel, B.; Wänke, H. (1 January 1983). "Brachina: A new type of meteorite, not a chassignite". Journal of Geophysical Research88 (S01): B237. doi:10.1029/JB088iS01p0B237.