Who will come forward to admit - that they are blood relatives to Ötzi the Iceman?
Researchers say living descendants of famous fossil live in the Austrian Tirol
"Ötzi the Iceman," a remarkably well-preserved human specimen was found in 1991 in a melting glacier in the Ötztal Alps. One of the most heavily investigated human corpses of all time, it's been determined that Ötzi now has at least 19 living male relatives descended from him. After we hear the poor caveman's circumstances - will anyone come forward to admit their kinship with him?
Forensic evidence proved that Ötzi had brown eyes and severely decayed teeth, was lactose intolerant, had a genetic predisposition for an increased risk for coronary heart disease and probably had Lyme disease.
A violent blow to the head was officially listed as his cause of death, putting him up there with Cain and Abel as one of the first instances of homicide.
according to a genetic study into the origins of the people who now live in the Austrian Tirol, Ötzi the Iceman has at least 19 living male relatives. The Institute of Legal Medicine at Innsbruck Medical University analyzed DNA samples taken from 3,700 blood donors in the Tyrol region of Austria.
In the course of their research, it was discovered that 19 individuals share a particular genetic mutation with the 5,300-year-old mummy, whose full genome was published last year.
"These men and the Iceman had the same ancestors," Walther Parson, the forensic scientist who carried out the study told reporters.
Focusing on parts of the human DNA which are generally inherited unchanged, it was determined that "In men it is the Y chromosomes and in females the mitochondria. Eventual changes arise due to mutations, which are then inherited further," Parson explains.
People with the same mutations are categorized in haplogroups. Designed with letters, haplogroups allow researchers to trace early migratory routes since they are often associated with defined populations and geographical regions.
the 19 individuals have not been informed of their genetic relationship to Ötzi. "The Iceman had the haplogroup G, sub category G-L91. In our research we found another 19 people with this genetic group and subgroup," Parson said.
New relatives, alive and well, could be added to the list of the 19 descendants in the course of the investigation.
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