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Novo-Urei fell September 4th, 1886, in the village of the same name, in Mordovia, Russia. Although three stones were recovered, two were lost, and only 1.9 kg are now preserved in collections. One of the lost specimens was, reportedly, eaten by the villagers who found it!

Novo-Urei is the type specimen and namesake of the Ureilite achondrite meteorites. Ureilites are unique meteorites of igneous origin, containing FeNi-metal, troilite, clinopyroxene and olivine, with interstitial graphite and diamonds. It was in Novo-Urei, in 1888, that meteoritic diamonds were first discovered.