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Ötzi the Iceman's last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run

4 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

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In his final days, the Iceman ate a hearty mountaineer's diet of red deer, wild goat, and whole grain einkorn wheat-but he may also have accidentally eaten toxic ferns.
Even after being chewed up, swallowed, partially digested in Ötzi's stomach, and then frozen in a glacier for 5,300 years, some bits of Ötzi's last meal are still recognizable, at least under a microscope. Frank Maixner of the Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies and his colleagues saw compact bits of fatty tissue and bundles of muscle fibers, mixed with pollen from...
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