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5,300-year-old iceman's last meal was remarkably high in fat

5,300-year-old iceman's last meal was remarkably high in fat

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July 13 (UPI) -- The oldest naturally preserved ice mummy ate a last meal extremely high in fat content, scientists have discovered. Researchers published a new study in Current Biology on Thursday, reporting insights into the nutritional habits of European individuals in the Copper Age, more than 5,000 years ago. The study is the first in-depth analysis of the stomach contents of the mummy known as Otzi, or the Iceman, providing a glimpse into our ancestor's ancient dietary habits. The Iceman was discovered in 1991 by German tourists in the Eastern Italian Alps. Scientists were initially unable to identify the Iceman's stomach because it had moved up during the mummification process. But in 2009, during re-investigation of CT scans, scientists spotted it and launched an effort to analyz...
Iceman's last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

Iceman's last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

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Goat's fat and wild venison, plus sides of ancient wheat and bracken.It's not a menu likely to appear on Masterchef, but for some of our ancestors it was a nutritious feast.Scientists have revealed that the last supper of Oetzi the Iceman was well-balanced but also alarmingly high in fat.The man lived 5,300 years ago and met his death on a frozen glacier. His body was preserved in the ice for millennia until it was discovered in 1991.Scientists have been able to find out about many aspects of his life, including what he ate before he died.They say he filled his stomach with fat from wild goat, meat from red deer, an ancient grain known as einkorn and toxic fern.Source of cosmic 'ghost' particle revealedIceland accused of killing ...