Skip to comments.Scientists believe 5,300-year-old mummified 'ice man' belonged to unknown branch of human fam. tree
Posted on 10/31/2008 10:15:15 AM PDT by BGHater
A 5,300-year-old mummified 'ice man' unearthed in the Alps belonged to a previously unknown branch of the human family tree, scientists have discovered.
No trace of the lineage appears to remain today, meaning that the 'ice man' - dubbed 'Oetzi' - is unlikely to have any descendants.
Oetzi's mummified remains were found in September 1991 in the Eastern Alps near the Austro-Italian border.
The 5,300-year-old remains of Oetzi the iceman. Scientists have failed to trace his lineage, fearing his family may have become extinct
He was about 46 years old when he met his violent death. Examinations revealed that he had been wounded by an arrow and possibly finished off with a mace blow to the face.
Since 1998 he has been on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
Scientists have now built up a complete picture of Oetzi's mitochondrial DNA, which is always passed down to future generations by mothers. This is DNA in the mitochondria, tiny power plants in cells that generate energy.
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Scientists believe 5,300-year-old mummified 'ice man' belonged to unknown branch of human family tree
I had to edit to fit into title header.
Ice man in the news again.
Let’s face it. Having a spear point embedded in your groin would stop most of us from, ah, “procreating”...
We are going to go see him in December!
Tell him gundog says “hey.”
Thanks BGHater. He has no living descendants, but some hypothetical unknown undocumented person in southern China, living about 1500 BC, is the ancestor of everyone. /rimshot!
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Big deal. I'm expecting him to vote Tuesday....
Ancient iceman probably has no modern relatives
Yahoo News | October, 30, 2008 | Reporting by Michael Kahn
Posted on 10/30/2008 2:49:25 PM PDT by MissCalico
You said I could have some chocolate if I helped with this “one little thing.”
Now I find there’s no DNA? OK. That does it. I’m wise to you, now. See if I ever help you lure someone into camp again “for fun and profit.”
Oetzi's probably just another one of Obama's long-lost relatives.
Gee reporters are dolts aren’t they.
” mitochondrial DNA, which is always passed down to future generations by mothers”
Dear Reporter, This means that the Iceman’s mtDNA lineage is not extant, it doesn’t mean HE didn’t have descendants because the IceMAN was a MAN. He could’nt pass on mtDNA to his children, only the mother of his kids could.
I think he was a wizard, so couldn't have sex without destroying his powers.
Instead he just sat aound polishing the knob on the top of his staff, to keep his hand in, so to speak.
Probably didn't help matters that as a young lad he learned the hard way why you can't bugger the hedgehog.
Shhh. You’ll wreck our alibi.
That’s what I thought as soon as I saw those ears.
We have an alibi?
*kicks SunkenCiv in shins*
:Yells: YOU SAID WE DIDN’T NEED AN ALIBI!!!
Whoa. You have a real knack with visuals!
All the wizards I know said...never mind.
Alas, I can’t claim credit; I’m just a good cribber.
A wizard’s staff has a knob on the end
(as possibly sung by Nanny Ogg in Terry Pratchett’s Disc-World books)
A wizard’s staff has a knob on the end
It never will buckle, it never will bend
He cherishes it, and he calls it his friend,
and he frequently takes it in hand.
A wizard’s staff is the source of his power.
He checks up on it every hour on the hour
And he’s never surprised when it turns to a flower —
The fairest throughout all the land.
The staff of a wizard with honour is crowned.
Without it a wizard will rarely be found.
‘Tis big and it’s round and weighs three to the pound
And without it he’s truly unmanned.
The staff of a wizard can do mighty deeds.
It protects him from harm and attends to his needs,
Provides him with banquets upon which he feeds
And potions on which he gets canned.
Whenever a wizard is lonely or sad,
Or feeling dejected, or puzzled, or mad,
He turns to his staff, and things don’t seem so bad —
By it he is never trepanned.
The staff of a wizard is dear to his heart
The source and the succour of his magic art.
They travel together, are never apart,
A relationship few understand.
The wizard is rarely of heroic build
Were it not for his staff, he would surely be killed.
By demons or monsters his blood would be spilled
All over the pitiless sand.
A wizard in thought, word, and deed should be chaste
If he is not, he’s considered disgraced
Although in his dreams he is often embraced
By ladies both lissom and tanned.
The staff of a wizard is polished with care.
He anoints it with spices and unguents rare,
Bedecks it with silver and jewels most fair,
And on feast days he has it japanned.
A wizard when young has a staff that is small.
It’s puny and weak, ineffective withal.
It grows with his power until it stands tall
As his fame and his glory expand
The staff of a wizard can hold many spells
For finding lost objects or dowsing new wells
For banishing demons to bottomless hells
Or bringing them back on demand.
A wizard’s staff can do manifold tricks
To puzzle the nobles and fuddle the hicks
It rescues the wizard from many a fix —
It is totally at his command.
When a wizard is old, and is starting to fade
He looks on his staff that with cunning he made
The crown of his life and the tool of his trade
And together they make their last stand.
by Heather Wood 1992
I need to take a walk. *whoa*
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