Skip to comments.Scientists finally determine iceman Otzi's last meal [Ice Man]
Posted on 06/22/2011 8:07:21 AM PDT by Red Badger
In a presentation at the Seventh World Congress on Mummy Studies, researchers from the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman revealed that they had finally located the iceman known as Otzis stomach and determined his last meal. They were also able to successfully sequence his entire genome.
Researchers from the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Italy divided the presentation into three different topics. The first part of the presentation was given by microbiologist Frank Maixner. He had recently examined old tomography scans taken of Otzi back in 2005 and was able to finally locate the stomach which was farther up in the torso and in an unusual position. They found the stomach to be full and, upon examination and sequencing of the DNA, they determined that Otzi had eaten Alpine ibex just 30 to 120 minutes before his death.
The next presentation was led by anatomist Frank Ruhli and dentist Roger Seiler from the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine through the University of Zurich. They presented the dental health of Otzi who was presumed to have dies between the age of 35 and 40. Using three-dimensional images of his teeth, they showed how Otzi had suffered some form of blunt force trauma to two teeth only a few days before his death. They also showed how he suffered from periodontal disease and many cavities. These signs of cavities confirm the fact that the Iceman had consumed a diet full of carbohydrates.
This genome has already shed some light on some previous beliefs. While most artists performing facial reconstructions of Otzi have shown him with blue eyes, the new sequenced genome show that he probably had brown eyes.
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Otzi the Iceman, a well-preserved natural mummy of a Chalcolithic (Copper Age) man from about 3300 BC, who was found in 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
All signs point to ice.
Too many carbs are bad for you.
So he ate some goat and died. I still find it hard to imagine that this guy is over 5,000 years old.
You’re just asking for a picture of HT aren’t you?....................
The Iceman was a Vegan?
Ibex is not a vegetable.................
Mouthful of cavities and two broke teeth. Ouch!
Applebee’s Baby Back Ribs?
Although the article doesn't mention it, they found an arrow broken off in his back years ago..........................
How is this a fact. It seems science writers have difficulty distinguishing between facts and evidence. It may be proper to say that based on the evidence and the current knowledge of the causes of cavities that it is probable that he had a high carb diet.
I'm not a dental expert but I know there are numerous factors including hereditary, fluoride in water and personal hygiene. How its possible for them to isolate these factors when they have only one subject leads me to believe that the statement only rises to the level of speculation and not even hypothetical and clearly not fact.
I enjoy hearing from Otzi from time to time. I wonder how that Ibex was prepared. Whether it was just ‘jerky’ on the road or a more social sit down meal of some sort. Thanks.
Or he may not have had ‘Dental’ as part of his employer’s healthcare plan.................
Seeing that they found an arrow in his back, he may have stolen it!..............
“Scientists finally determine iceman Otzi’s last meal [Ice Man]”
Now I can sleep at night.
...and an ax..............
Maybe it was a wedding or a trade fair and his lads got down to it with some Chalcolithic Capulets.