Scientists say iceman had head injury before death

06/10/2013 |

Protein analysis of brain tissue belonging to Europe's oldest mummy, Ötzi the Iceman, shows that he suffered a blow to the head shortly before his death in the Alps approximately 5,300 years ago. Although the scientists are unsure whether it was the head injury or an arrow wound that killed the iceman, the presence of a clotting protein called fibrin suggests he did not survive long after sustaining the injury. The mummy was discovered in 1991 and is the most-studied ancient human specimen due to the well-preserved nature of his body and belongings.

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