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CAS number 27530-79-6
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Molecular formula C19H24
Molar mass 252.38 g/mol
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Simonellite (1,1-dimethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-7-isopropyl phenanthrene) is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with a chemical formula C19H24. It is similar to retene.

Simonellite occurs naturally as an organic mineral derived from diterpenes present in conifer resins.[1] It is named after its discoverer, Vittorio Simonelli (1860–1929), an Italian geologist. It forms colorless to white orthorhombic crystals.[2] It occurs in Fognano, Tuscany, Italy.

Simonellite, together with cadalene, retene and ip-iHMN, is a biomarker of higher plants, which makes it useful for paleobotanic analysis of rock sediments.

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  1. ^ Simonellite at
  2. ^ Simonellite at