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Otzi the iceman was native to Central Europe

By T.K. Randall
November 13, 2012 · Comment icon 10 comments

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New findings have shown that Otzi was very much like other Stone Age farmers found throughout Europe.
The remarkably well-preserved remains of the famous iceman were discovered in 1991 in the Italian Alps and have revealed significant details of what life would have been like over 5,000 years ago. Otzi is believed to have died from an arrow wound in his shoulder before his body was preserved within a glacier. New research has indicated that despite living in Europe, Otzi was more closely related to the present-day people of Sardinia than to modern Central Europeans.

"Maybe Otzi was just a tourist, maybe his parents were Sardinian and he decided to move to the Alps," said study co-author Martin Sikora. "Five thousand years ago, it's not really expected that our populations were so mobile."
Otzi the Iceman, an astonishingly well-preserved Neolithic mummy found in the Italian Alps in 1991, was a native of Central Europe, not a first-generation émigré from Sardinia, new research shows.


Source: MSNBC | Comments (10)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Hilander 12 years ago
Glad we don't look like that anymore.
Comment icon #2 Posted by moonshadow60 12 years ago
What is sad is that the poor thing has had so much removed from his body. He already looked a bit like Flat Stanley, being a mummy and all.
Comment icon #3 Posted by coolguy 12 years ago
Thats cool they found this.i wonder how many more are out there. He looks like an old biker.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Pinguin 12 years ago
I wonder if more "icemen" are close to where Otzi was located. It would be interesting if one was found near the site.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Simbi Laveau 12 years ago
Didn't I post this a few days ago ....may have been my facebook . I was cackling ,as it said he had relatives from sardinia ... Otzi is Italian *rolling*
Comment icon #6 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
Glad we don't look like that anymore. I dunno, at 3 and a half thousand years old, I reckon he is looking pretty good. Why the heck are they taking a sample from there?
Comment icon #7 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
We are sure learning a great deal from Otzi. Amazing find. I hope you are onto something Pinguin. Another cadaver would be great for comparisons.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Neognosis 12 years ago
I think that since the beginning of our species, there have always been individuals who just up and walk away and keep walking. Maybe Otzi is one of these. Or maybe he was part of a small expeditionary force, and by sheer luck, his body was the only one that was preserved for this long. And obviously, SOMEONE didn't like him....
Comment icon #9 Posted by hammerclaw 12 years ago
Successive migrations of other competitive groups, constricted the group represented by the Sardinians to their present location.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Spectre1979 12 years ago
I hope we find more too. I have been interested in Otzi since I first heard about him... geez twenty years ago I guess!!!!


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