Mummies fascinate us and it's no wonder. They exist as a real time capsule showing us how people lived, died and evolved over thousands of years.
30 years after his discovery, many secrets about the Iceman have been solved: we now know how and where he lived, how he died, what his last meal was, what diseases and parasites plagued him. But that's not all, thanks to new medical and molecular biological technologies, Ötzi and other mummified remains may soon help us better understand pathogens and their evolution - opening up new therapeutic methods for modern medicine. Furthermore, paleogenetic studies of mummies as well as human skeletal remains from different geographical areas of origin and time periods provide valuable information about the history and migration of populations.
"We are creating the family tree of human history."
An interview with the archaeogeneticist Johannes Krause
Frozen but not forgotten, exceptional images of the 5,300 year-old Iceman brought to light in a new project and book
Ötzi terrà impegnato ancora a lungo il mondo della ricerca
30 anni dal ritrovamento: bilanci e prospettive
Newly published study on ancient skeletal remains reveals previously unknown species of microorganisms.
A gut feeling – how intestinal flora is changing with the times
The more modern our lifestyles, the fewer species live in our gut
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