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Ötzi the Iceman gets a dental exam

A CT scanner has been employed to analyse the teeth of Ötzi, the Neolithic man found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991. They found that the ancient farmer had several cavities, likely caused by his carbohydrate-rich diet. Ötzi also showed severe wear of his tooth enamel and severe gum disease. Hard

Intact red blood cells recovered from Ötzi the Iceman

Researchers working on the 5,300-year-old frozen mummy named Ötzi the Iceman have recovered the oldest red bloods cells ever found from a tissue sample taken from an arrow wound in his shoulder. Zink and his colleagues took tissue samples from Ötzi's arrow wound and from an earlier wound on the mummy's

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

20th anniversary of Oetzi the Iceman discovery

Twenty years ago yesterday, a German couple hiking in the Italian Alps stumbled across the 5,000-year-old preserved body of Oetzi the Iceman. On September 19, 1991, Helmut and Erika Simon from Nuremburg were hiking at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,500 feet) in the Italy's South Tyrol alps, according to an

Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal

Researchers have tested the contents of Ötzi the Iceman's stomach, discovering what his last meal was. Scientists previously analyzed the contents of Ötzi's lower intestine and determined that he ate a meal of grains along with possibly cooked red deer and goat meat up to 30 hours before his death. But attempts

Ötzi the Iceman had bad teeth

Ötzi, the 5,300-year-old mummy found in the Italian Alps, suffered from cavities and periodontal diseases. "Although the Iceman did not lose a single tooth until the his death at an age of about 40 years, he had an advanced abrasion of his teeth, profound carious lesions, and a moderate to severe

Oetzi the Iceman gets a new face

In honour of the 20th anniversary of his discovery, Oezti the Iceman is getting a new face for an exhibit in Italy, this time with brown eyes. Indeed, recent research has shown the Iceman, now approaching the tender age of 5,300 years, did not have blue eyes as previously believed. The Kennis

Who killed Ötzi the Iceman?

Ötzi the Iceman was murdered 5,300-years-ago. Since the discovery of his well-preserved body nearly twenty years ago, archaeologists have been piecing together a detailed picture of his life and death. First detected by x-ray in 2001, the severity of the injury it caused had been debated - but a full