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Ötzi the Iceman had brown eyes and was lactose intolerant

Recently I reported that Ötzi the Iceman’s genome had been sequenced. Now, some of the findings that are a result of such information are being released. Apparently Ötzi had brown eyes, was lactose intolerant, and had Type O blood.

“In early times, there was no need to digest milk as an adult because there were no domesticated animals,” Dr. Zink said. “This genetic change took hundreds of years to occur.”

But the scientists were surprised to find that Ötzi had a strong predisposition to heart disease. “If he wasn’t shot with an arrow, it would have been possible that he might have had a heart attack soon after,” Dr. Zink said.

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Story: Sindya N. Bhanoo, NYT | Photo: South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/EURAC/Marco Samadelli-Gregor Staschitz

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  1. I understand that both the austrians and italians claim him

    Benjamin Marcus Raucher

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