Iceman has Austrian relatives
Iceman has Austrian relatives

Scientists have discovered that 19 Austrian men alive today are related to an iceman who lived about 3,300 BC.

Oetzi the Iceman’s frozen 5,300-year-old body was found in the Otzta Alps in 1991.

Their relationship was found by DNA analysis by scientists from the Institute of Legal Medicine at Innsbruck Medical University, according to a BBC report.

The DNA tests were taken from blood donors in Tyrol and as of yet the men have not been told of the connection.

A genetic mutation was matched to the men, the APA news agency reports.

Walther Parson from the Institute told the Austrian Press Agency, that the same mutation might be found in the nearby Swiss region of Engadine and in Italy’s South Tyrol region.

"We have already found Swiss and Italian partners so that we can pursue our research," he said.

He was quoted as saying DNA had been analysed from 3,700 men who had given blood donations in Tyrol - women were not included in the study.

Oetzi was first found by two German hikers with an arrow in his back. Experts believe he died from his wounds.

He is Europe’s oldest natural human mummy.

His body and belongings are displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy.

There has been a lot of debate surrounding his resting place. Was he found where he fell and died or was buried there by others?


The West Australian

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