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The Iceman Cometh

The Iceman Cometh

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Categories: natural history, art and design, climate change

    Body and Facial Reconstruction of Otzi, the Iceman (credit: Tyrol Museum of Anthropology)

Like a mummy coming back from the dead, Otzi the Iceman continues providing details about his pre-Bronze Age world. Named after the glacier between Austria and Italy's South Tyrol regions, Otzi was found by hikers 25 years ago melting out of the ice. His mummified remains had lain frozen there intact since 3300+ years BCE, 5300 years ago.

Otzi's DNA has been sampled and analyzed; his sturdy clothes and hat would still be fashionable today; what foods he ate determined; his tatoo markings puzzled over; his tools and weapons studied; and his apparent 'cause of death', a murder mystery fit for any 21st Century crime scene investigators.

Otzi has now been reconstructed by the museum where he lays and shows us how he would appear today if he were alive. Surprisingly, his genetic orgins appear closer to the people living on the islands of present-day Corsica or Sardinia rather than alpine landscapes of Austria, Italy, or Switzerland. Perhaps he was a trader, perhas a hunter, metalurgist, or a travel, no one knows. But a final piece of physicalological reconstruction were his vocal chords and the sounds they might have produced.

Otzi wouldn't have made a prime candidate for The Voice but what a human story he is still telling!



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