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New study suggests that Otzi the Iceman wasn't who we thought he was

By T.K. Randall
August 23, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments



Who was Otzi the Iceman ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 / S.W. Claessen
Researchers have determined that previous findings concerning the Iceman's ancestry were likely to be wrong.
Discovered in 1991, Europe's oldest known natural mummy - since dubbed Otzi the Iceman - was found in the Tyrolean Alps between Austria and Italy.

Thought to have been around 45 years old when he died, Otzi appeared to have succumbed to a lethal combination of injuries including an arrow through the shoulder and a blow to the head.

It is also thought that he had been part of a raiding party that had engaged in a skirmish with a rival tribe.

Back in 2012, a genetic study of the remains suggested that Otzi had ancestors from the Caspian steppe, but being 5,300 years old - the Iceman dated too far back for this to actually be true.
New a new study has put this idea to bed once and for all, instead revealing that around 90 percent of Otzi's heritage came from Neolithic farmers - an unusual figure in of itself.

He was also thought to have been dark-skinned and was suffering from male-pattern baldness.

"People that lived in Europe between 40,000 years ago and 8,000 years ago were as dark as people in Africa, which makes a lot of sense because [Africa is] where humans came from," said archaeogeneticist Johannes Krause of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

"We have always imagined that [Europeans] became light-skinned much faster. But now it seems that this happened actually quite late in human history."

Source: Science News | Comments (8)




Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by SHaYap 1 month ago
The wife sent him out for some fresh air...  ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
The Dutch brothers Kennis are already busy, based on the latest scientific data, reconstructing Ötzi's face. This is their website: https://www.kenniskennis.com/
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 month ago
"Ötzi the Iceperson", for our offended acquaintances.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jmccr8 1 month ago
Hi Rob The Neanderthal spy caught me off guard, wonder how he got that name.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pbarosso 1 month ago
way to cater to the
Comment icon #6 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
He was found in the Spy Cave, in Belgium.
Comment icon #7 Posted by jmccr8 1 month ago
Hi Rob Thank you
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
There have been several reconstructions of Ötzi's face before: https://paulmullins.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/the-faces-of-otzi-imagining-the-dead/


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