Peyote alkaloids: identification in a prehistoric specimen of lophophora from coahuila, Mexico

Science. 1978 Mar 31;199(4336):1437-8. doi: 10.1126/science.199.4336.1437.


Mescaline, anhalonine, lophophorine, pellotine, and anhalonidine have been identified in alkaloid extracts of a prehistoric specimen of Lophophora from a burial cave in west central Coahuila, Mexico. The specimen is associated with radiocarbon dates of A.D. 810 to 1070 and is one of the oldest materials ever submitted to alkaloid analysis.