Ötzi the iceman was dark-skinned and balding, suggests genome analysis

The mummified body of Ötzi, who is thought to have lived between 3350 and 3120 BC

© South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/Eurac/Marco Samadelli-Gregor Staschitz

A new genetic analysis has changed our understanding of Ötzi, the mummified “Iceman” who lived 5300 years ago and was found in a glacier in the Alps.

The findings reveal that almost all of Ötzi’s DNA was inherited from early farmers, who moved into Europe a few thousand years before he was born.

The genome also indicates that he had darker skin than any people with predominantly European ancestry today, and may well have …

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