El gráfico muestra los resultados del estudio del contenido del estómago de Oetzi el hombre del hielo.
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ANTROPOLOGÍA

Dan a conocer la última cena de Oetzi el hombre del hielo

July 4, 2018 - Un grupo de científicos reveló que la última comida del cazador congelado, muerto hace 5.300 años en los Alpes, estaba bien balanceada pero tenía un contenido alarmantemente alto en grasas.

After putting the stomach contents through a battery of tests, including DNA matching and microscopic inspections, the researchers found traces of red deer and ibex meat and plenty of ibex fat, ancient einkorn wheat, and traces of toxic fern.

The study, published in Current Biology, gives a rare glimpse into what was on the menu during the Copper Age.

Though the researchers had previously examined Oetzi's intestines, this was the first time they could look into his stomach.

Following Oetzi's death, the organ moved upwards. It was not until 2009, 18 years after his remains were discovered near the Italy-Austria border, that a radiologist detected it behind the rib cage. And it was full. After slowly defrosting the body, the team took samples and rehydrated them.

The high-fat diet may have given the Iceman the energy he needed to survive a long treck at high altitude, says Dr Frank Maixner of the Eurac Research Institute for Mummy Studies in Bolzano, Italy.

The events surrounding Oetzi's death are still debated. His many recent wounds suggest violent conflict and one theory is that Oetzi fled into the mountains while being pursued.

But Maixner argues that the Iceman had eaten supplies of food he had prepared earlier, rather than a fresh kill, indicating that he had planned his final trek.

PUBLISHED: 17/07/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Marco Samadelli/Eurac/South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology via AP, Current Biology, Getty Images, Kenraiz, Frederik Vandaele
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