The Death of Ötzi

Ötzi The Iceman is one of Europe's oldest known natural human mummies. He was found in the Otztal Alps, hence his name, by two German touristsand is believed to be over 3,000 years old. Found in September of 1991, Ötzi's body has uncovered many facts about Europeans back in 3,000 BCE.

When Ötzi died he was approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 110 pounds. Scientists looked at pollen and decaying tooth enamel from his mouth and discovered that Ötzi grew up near the current town of Feldthurns, but later moved more north to the valleys. His intestines showed the two meals he last ate, one from 8 hours before he was killed contained chamois, herb bread, grain, roots, and fruit. The other meal contained red deer, herb bread, grains, roots, and fruit also. A CAT scan done in 2009 revealed that Ötzi's stomach had moved to the position under his lower lung. More tests on the stomach showed that there was meat in his stomach that had been eaten two hours before he was killed.

Ötzi's body had many different tattoos thought to be use for pain relief. As scientists looked closer at his bones they saw that osteochondrosis and spondylosis.

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