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August 14, 2003

Iced Man

Further forensics suggest the Ice Man's death was no hunting accident:

Before dying, Oetzi -- the bronze age man found 12 years ago in the mountains between Italy and Austria -- had killed or injured at least four other people. An analysis of blood traces found on his clothes and weapons, carried out by an Australian molecular biologist, Thomas Loy of the university of Queensland, has revealed four different DNA patterns, none of them Oetzi's.

This may reduce the bickering between Austrians and Italians who have been eager to claim the "nationality" of the Ice Man. The article makes a big deal of Oetzi's weapons and the clothes which allowed him to get by in cold weather. New findings suggest humans may have been doing so for longer than had been suspected.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 14, 2003 09:24 AM