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PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Modelling Oetzi the Iceman. Sculptress Elisabeth Daynes choosing eye colours for her silicon model of Oetzi, a Copper Age man. Oetzi is Europe's oldest natural mummy (as of 2008), dating from 3300 BC. He was found embedded in a glacier in the Oetztal Alps (on the Austrian-Italian border) by two German tourists in 1991. Oetzi's body was so well preserved that scientists were able to determine what he had eaten before he died (red deer meat, grains, roots and fruit) and that he had died in spring, as the pollen of a spring plant was found on his clothes. They also speculated that he worked in smelting copper, which left traces in his hair. Oetzi may have died in battle, as he had several wounds to his body and was carrying weapons, including a copper axe. MANDATORY CREDIT.
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