Ötzi the iceman's stomach throws up a surprise

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Ötzi the iceman's stomach throws up a surprise

Postby shayeyp6shx » 11 Dec 2011, 19:04

IT'S time to rethink Ötzi the iceman's last hours. The theory that he was caught and killed after a lengthy and exhausting chase through the Alps clashes Moncler Pas Cher with new evidence that he sat down for a leisurely meal no more than an hour before his violent death. Ötzi's body was discovered in 1991 inside a glacier near the mountainous border between Italy and Austria. It had been naturally mummified by ice about 5300 years ago. A previous analysis of Ötzi's stomach concluded it was almost empty of food, leading to the idea that the iceman spent his final moments running on an empty stomach. But when Albert Zink of the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, and colleagues took a closer look, they realised that the empty "stomach" was in fact a section of Ötzi's colon. They found that the real stomach had been ray ban caravan forced upwards, and now lies wedged under the iceman's ribs. Zink's team has now examined its contents, which include plenty of partially digested ibex meat, probably suggesting that Ötzi enjoyed a hearty meal shortly before his death (Journal of Archaeological Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2011.08.003). "The iceman felt secure and had a rest with a large meal," says Zink. "At a maximum of 30 to 60 minutes later - because otherwise his stomach would have emptied - he was shot from behind with an arrow." The researchers also found that Ötzi had three gallstones, supporting the idea that he had a diet rich in animal fat. Previous work showed his arteries were full of fatty deposits. The team also looked at the iceman's skeleton, and found that his knees show evidence of wear and tear caused by the repeated heavy strain of hiking across mountainous terrain. This supports theories that he spent long periods walking in the mountains, possibly hunting animals for food. If you would like to reuse any content from New Scientist, either in print or online, please contact the syndication department first ray ban pas cher for permission. New Scientist does not own rights to photos, but there are a variety of licensing options available for use of articles and graphics we own the copyright to.
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