This is a reconstruction of what Oetzi may have looked like before he was killed by an arrow.

Iceman’s Full Genome Reveals His Origins


New information from the full genome of a 5,300-year-old “Iceman” has revealed some interesting facts.

Oetzi the “Iceman” was discovered frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991, and has been the subject of constant study since.

His full genome was released February 28 in a report in Nature Communications. According to BBC News, the report revealed that Oetzi’s ancestors most likely migrated from the Middle East.

It also revealed that Oetzi had brown eyes, was blood type “O”, was lactose intolerant and predisposed to heart disease.

Oetzi is also the first documented case of Lyme disease, an infection by a bacterium called spirochete that is carried by deer ticks, reports the American Lyme Disease Foundation.

These findings are just the beginning though. Researchers plan to study the Iceman for many years to come.

“This was really exciting and I think it's just the start for a longer study on this level,” Albert Zink, of the Eurac Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, told BBC News. “We still would like to learn more from this data—we've only just started to analyze it.”

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