Thursday, October 30, 2008

Italian Iceman Otzi Has No Relatives to Claim His Body After Analysis of Rectum DNA

Otzi, the 5,300 year old Italian iceman's DNA (the arrow-wounded mummy was found in melting ice in the Alps by tourists in 1991) has been extracted to determine if he still has relatives in Europe. Researcher Franco Rollo took the DNA from Otzi's rectum and analyzed mitochondrial matter.

The findings show that Otzi is related to a specific group of individuals in Europe who all share a common ancestral DNA sequence. They belong to one of three sub-lineages, but Otzi's DNA came from a lineage that does not appear to exist today. This could mean that he has no living relatives, or that they haven't been found yet. So no one's claiming him yet.

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