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Who killed Oetzi the Iceman? Italy reopens coldest of cases

High in a remote area of the Oetztaler Alps in northern Italy, 5,300 years ago, Oetzi the Iceman was shot in the back with an arrow.
It hit a main artery and he probably bled to death within minutes.
His body was preserved in the ice, making him one of the oldest and best-preserved mummies on Earth.

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Iceman Otzi had bad teeth

For the first time, researchers from the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich together with colleagues abroad have been able to provide evidence of periodontitis, tooth decay and accident-related dental damage in the ice mummy 'Otzi'. The latest scientific findings provide interesting information on the dietary patterns of the Neolithic Iceman and on the evolution of medically significant oral pathologies.
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Oetzi's full genome has now been reported in Nature Communications.
It reveals that he had brown eyes, "O" blood type, was lactose intolerant, and was predisposed to heart disease.
They also show him to be the first documented case of infection by a Lyme disease bacterium.

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A sharp incision in his right eye may have contributed to the rapid demise of Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummy who died in the Italian Alps more than 5,000 years ago.
Twenty years after two hikers stumbled upon the Iceman in a melting glacier, new analyses have revealed that a deep cut likely led to heavy bleeding in the man's eye. In the cold, high-altitude conditions where he was found, that kind of injury would have been tough to recover from.

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Prehistoric iceman could have died during a fall

A 5,300-year-old prehistoric iceman, Oetzi, could possibly be the worlds first known mountaineering victim, a new study has suggested.
The ancient natural mummy was believed to have died 5,300 years ago when an arrow hit him during a hunting trip.
But, now the new studies at Austrias Innsbruck University have revealed that Oetzi is more likely to have died during a fall while he was climbing

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Ötzi the Iceman, Similaun Man, and Man from Hauslabjoch are modern names for a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived about 5,300 years ago. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy.
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Otzi the iceman's face reconstructed

"Otzi the Iceman" 1993 Horizon documentry



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