Oetzi, the Iceman Mummy, Has Living Relatives


At least 19 Austrians living in the Tyrol region are descendants of the 5,300-year-old Oetzi the ‘Iceman,’ a frozen, mummified body that was found in the Italian Alps in 1991.

“These men and the ‘Iceman’ had the same ancestors,” Walther Parson, a researcher at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck, told the Austrian Press Agency.

Oetzi’s kin were found by screening DNA records of 3,700 Austrian blood donors. Scientists keyed on a rare Y-chromosome mutation, …

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