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Ítzi the ice mummy's secrets found in DNA
NewScientist ^ | 2-26-2012 | Andy Coghlan

Posted on 02/29/2012 5:28:47 AM PST by Renfield

Ötzi the ice mummy may have met his death in the Alps some 5300 years ago, but his descendants live on – on the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia. The finding comes from an analysis of Ötzi's DNA, which also reveals he had brown eyes and hair, and was lactose intolerant.

The ice mummy was found in 1991 on an Alpine glacier between Austria and Italy, where he met a violent end in the Neolithic.....

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; archaeology; austria; corsica; dna; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; iceman; italy; lactoseintolerant; oetzi; otzi; sardinia; theiceman; tzi

1 posted on 02/29/2012 5:28:58 AM PST by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ötzi Ping...


2 posted on 02/29/2012 5:30:35 AM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield
Maybe too much woolly mammoth milk is what killed him...
3 posted on 02/29/2012 5:39:27 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Renfield

I think he died when his heart stopped beating. Just like we all do. Guess that is called a heart attack.


4 posted on 02/29/2012 5:43:16 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Renfield

We ought be thankful that Ötzi didn’t have any Native American relatives, otherwise research would have been cut short and the remains reburied.

Up until the ‘90s, the skeletons and skulls on display at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado gave a clear picture of how short, brutish and nasty life was in the “good old days”. Although most of this has been supressed, here’s a quick read - 1932 vintage - on the subject: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/meve/notes/vol3-2g.htm

One skull that stands out in my memory was a young female - an abscessed canine tooth had dissolved the bone below it and literally sawed her lower jaw in half. She was well known in Denver dental schools - students had even named her.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 6:05:00 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: mosaicwolf
Based on his calcified aorta and genetic propensity for heart disease the fatal injury or mortal wound may have led him to keel over at the ripe old age of 35.

I'm not a fan of New Scientist though I do read the teaser on an article there at least once a week. They've a full head on of the new religion of no religion (still, a religion, nonetheless) and the new convert's passion for evangelism.

How about that new magazine they were advertising. "The Future Always Wins."

6 posted on 02/29/2012 6:17:34 AM PST by Prospero
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To: QBFimi

“We ought be thankful that Ötzi didn’t have any Native American relatives, otherwise research would have been cut short and the remains reburied.”

Like Kennewick Man


7 posted on 02/29/2012 6:21:53 AM PST by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: Renfield

clone him.


8 posted on 02/29/2012 6:52:20 AM PST by albionin
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To: QBFimi
"how short, brutish and nasty life was in the 'good old days'”

For an excellent evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of Western Civilization and its spread through colonialism, see The West and the Rest by the highly intelligent and refreshingly honest Niall Ferguson.

His wife is Ayann Hirsi Ali.

One result of colonialism was a dramatic increase in life expectancy and decrease in morbity and mortality from communicable diseases.

9 posted on 02/29/2012 7:05:28 AM PST by Savage Beast ("Improving" on truth is contempt for truth: hubris and denial--the stuff of tragedy.)
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To: Renfield

Sorry.....thought this was a hockey mom story.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 8:23:34 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


11 posted on 02/29/2012 8:21:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Renfield; All

Here is another link that might have additional information.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/28/otzi-the-icemans-genome-reveals_n_1307532.html?ref=science&ncid=webmail11


12 posted on 02/29/2012 10:16:33 PM PST by gleeaikin
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