Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ötzi the iceman reveals secrets of European migration

Stomach contents of a frozen 5,300 year old corpse discovered in the Alps by tourists 24 years ago has shed new light on the origins of European man

Ötzi the iceman's stomach contents sheds light on European prehistoric migration Photo: Getty

Ötzi the iceman has fascinated scientists since his frozen 5,300-year-old corpse was discovered by Alpine hikers in 1991.
Now, three and a half years after discovering that Ötzi was murdered, experts have now found discovered was suffering from a nasty stomach bug.
It is this bug which has shed fascinating new light on the migration patterns of prehistoric man, showing that Europe’s first farmers are most likely to have come from the Middle East.

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