Calling all chemists!!! Does anyone know where the compound Octane comes from or how it is formed?

Google yielded no results so I'm turning to the pit. I know the pit isn't a doctor but we could at least give it a chance at being a scientist!

(I know it's 8 carbons and 18 hydrogens)
it's a organic substance so it's possible that it's man made.

looking at wiki, it says that octane is found in gas, so now i'm pretty sure it's man made.
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it is a distilled product of crude oil.

it can be made in the lab....but i'm not going to be arsed to look up how.

addendum: heck, it is super easy to be made never mind . why do you need to know? all it is is adding simple alkanes.
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Fractional distillation of crude oil. Thats how most hydrocarbons/petrochemicals are produced.

Fractional distillation is used in oil refineries to separate crude oil into useful substances (or fractions) having different hydrocarbons of different boiling points.
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