Skip to comments.Ancient 'Iceman' shows signs of a well-balanced last meal
Posted on 07/12/2018 5:57:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Talk about a paleo diet. Scientists have uncovered the last meal of a frozen hunter who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps. The stomach contents of the corpse, widely known as Oetzi the Iceman, offer a snapshot of what ancient Europeans ate more than five millennia ago, researchers said. On the menu, described Thursday in the journal Current Biology, were the fat and meat of a wild goat, meat of a red deer and whole wheat seeds, which Oetzi ate shortly before his death. Traces of fern leaves and spores were also discovered in Oetzi's stomach. Scientists think he may have swallowed the plant unintentionally or as a medicine for parasites previously found in his gut. Though the researchers had previously examined Oetzi's intestines, this was the first time they could look into his stomach. The reason is nothing short of grotesque. Following Oetzi's death, the organ moved upwards. It was not until 2009, 18 years after his remains were discovered near the Italy-Austria border, that a radiologist detected it behind the rib cage. And it was full. After slowly defrosting the body, the team took samples and rehydrated them. Nearly half the stomach contents were identified as the body fat of an ibex, a wild goat that still lives in the Alps. That's a lot of fat. But scientists think the finding makes sense... Now, Maixner and his team are hoping to reconstruct the composition of bacteria and other microorganisms that lived in the Iceman's gut, and see how it differs from what modern people show.
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Thanks Red Badger.
So Kurt Russell was around back then too.
Always wait two hours after a meal if ibex before going on a long hike.
willie nelson more like
I was expecting hit job of moss, wild onions, grass and some sort of veggie burger.
Vegan= Poor Hunter.
He was evidently fleeing from a village where he had gotten into some kind of violent dispute. He thought he had gotten far enough away up into the mountains, so he pitched camp and made dinner.
About two hours after dinner, an enemy crept up and shot him with a bow and arrow at a range of about 100 feet.
Looks like Lloyd Bridges.
So he didn’t stop by the frozen food aisle?
Did his watch stop at the time of death?
He looks quite a bit like my Dziadek (Grandfather). He also came from Austria / Italy region.
Wheat seeds are the answer. Celiac disease or gluten intolerance is the cause of death. If only he followed a ketogenic diet he might still be alive today.
He ate healthy, and look where that got him!
one has to wonder, how did the pancreas handle all that fat?
#1 That is Kris Kristofferson
Not bad looking for a 19 year old......
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