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Iceman Otzi's last meal finally determined

By T.K. Randall
June 24, 2011 · Comment icon 18 comments

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Otzi the iceman has been the subject of research and study since his discovery in a glacier in 1991.
The mystery of what he would have last eaten before his untimely demise has finally been answered, scientists have been able to determine the location of his stomach and believe his last meal would have been a helping of Alpine ibex that he'd downed as little as 30 minutes before he died.
In a presentation at the Seventh World Congress on Mummy Studies, researchers from the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman revealed that they had finally located the iceman known as Otzi’s stomach and determined his last meal. They were also able to successfully sequence his entire genome.


Source: PhysOrg.com | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by PowerPC 13 years ago
It certainly seems like he wasn't the most popular copper age man in the world. Very interesting though. I wonder what he did to cause so much seeming hostility? Sounds like he was chased down then shot [with an arrow] and bludgeoned to death. I do not think that Otzi was bludgeoned when he was killed. I believe the first theory was that he died due to exposure/hypothermia. After several years they found the arrowhead in a location that struck an artery causing him to bleed to death. Otzi was found with a very handsome copper axe and the experts determined that with a weapon this fine he was l... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Blues Girl 13 years ago
IT is amazing that a human body can remain in that condition for over 5000 years. The wonders of ice, my friend
Comment icon #11 Posted by Robbie333 13 years ago
Otzi the Iceman, a well-preserved natural mummy of a Chalcolithic (Copper Age) man from about 3300 BC, who was found in 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. http://www.physorg.c...-otzi-meal.html This is and always will be a unique and amazing story. A frozen man has spoke volumes to us in a way.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
Simply amazing. I gotta dig up some more on his genome, that should be interesting. I would think that killing the Shaman of a food/resource competitive tribe might be quite a coup. Wonder how he would have been caught out alone? Vision quest? Well, however it happened I bet it was quite a story. On the other hand, stealing food, when it was scarce or hard to come by would certainly get your ass majorly kicked, especially in someone else's hunting territory. Or stealing someone's wife, etc, might inspire your own tribe to do you in, when you were supposed to be the "honorable" one. Ah, silly s... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Blues Girl 13 years ago
Simply amazing. I gotta dig up some more on his genome, that should be interesting. How do you plan on doing that? Are you a scientist? If so, cool!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
How do you plan on doing that? Are you a scientist? If so, cool! No, I just meant digging around on the internet, I'm sure it's probably published. I've just always loved weird archeology and have tons of wasted college time in classes unrelated to my field :-) Course, that was back in the Cretaceous period.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Blues Girl 13 years ago
No, I just meant digging around on the internet, I'm sure it's probably published. Ah. You might want to look up the word genome before using it, then
Comment icon #16 Posted by Pax Unum 13 years ago
Ah. You might want to look up the word genome before using it, then Good advice BG, I hope Taut won't be disappointed to learn Otzi was a Human...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Blues Girl 13 years ago
Good advice BG, I hope Taut won't be disappointed to learn Otzi was a Human... lol Me too
Comment icon #18 Posted by greywolf 13 years ago
Great story. i wonder what the scientists would have thought if they found that his last meal was a big mac and fries?


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