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Ötzi the Iceman had deep cut over right eye

A new CT scan performed on Ötzi the Iceman has revealed that the 5,000-year-old man had a deep gash over his right eye.

“Maybe he fell down or maybe he had a fight up there, nobody knows,” said Wolfgang Recheis, a physicist in the radiology department at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. “With this cut alone, at 3,250 meters, it would have been a deadly wound up there. Bleeding to death in the late afternoon when it was getting cold up there, this could be really dangerous.”

Ever since his discovery in 1991, Ötzi has been measured, photographed, X-rayed, CT-scanned and endlessly speculated about. The Iceman Photoscan website allows anyone to scrutinize every inch of the body, which belonged to a 5’3″, 110-pound, 45-year old man.

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Story: Emily Sohn, Discovery News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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