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DNA reveals secrets of Oetzi the Iceman

By T.K. Randall
March 1, 2012 · Comment icon 10 comments

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Scientists have been investigating what some are calling the world's oldest ever murder case.
The 5,300-year-old remains of Oetzi were found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991, the unusually high level of preservation made it possible to learn a great deal about his life and his death in remarkable detail. By studying his DNA experts have been able to determine that he was lactose intolerant and was predisposed to heart disease, but it wasn't either of these things that killed him - Oetzi met his untimely demise through far more sinister means.
New clues have emerged in what could be described as the world's oldest murder case: that of Oetzi the "Iceman", whose 5,300-year-old body was discovered frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991.


Source: BBC News | Comments (10)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
I just love reading about Oetzi. Every step forward is nothing less than fascinating. Thanks for the link, I have never seen a reconstruction done on him before. Most interesting.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Spectre1979 12 years ago
I've been interested in this case since I was a kid, so thanks for this update.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Alienated Being 12 years ago
Science, and technology, truly is a remarkably beautiful thing.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
I've been interested in this case since I was a kid, so thanks for this update. 21yrs ago he was found! Gee, time flies. Hope he wasn't a bad person cos I've gotten kinda fond of him.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mistress of Shadows 12 years ago
Poor Oetzi, can't enjoy the pleasures of yak milk.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Spectre1979 12 years ago
Hope he wasn't a bad person cos I've gotten kinda fond of him. lol I think like that too.
Comment icon #7 Posted by missymoo999 12 years ago
he had lyme disease .Facinating
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mikami 12 years ago
stabbed in the back....by a mammoth...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rye17 12 years ago
Holy crap... a 5300 year old Kris Kristoffeson
Comment icon #10 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
Poor Oetzi, can't enjoy the pleasures of yak milk. Once you pick the hairs out, it is very nutritious!


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