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Ancient Iceman Probably Has No Modern Relatives

November 4, 2008
Ozti’s lot have gotten lost.
clipped from www.reuters.com

Ancient iceman probably has no modern relatives

LONDON (Reuters) – “Otzi,” Italy’s prehistoric iceman, probably does not have any modern day descendants, according to a study published Thursday.

A team of Italian and British scientists who sequenced his mitochondrial DNA — which is passed down through the mother’s line — found that Otzi belonged to a genetic lineage that is either extremely rare or has died out.

Otzi’s 5,300-year-old corpse was found frozen in the Tyrolean Alps in 1991.

“Our research suggests that Otzi’s lineage may indeed have become extinct,”

“We’ll only know for sure by sampling intensively in the Alpine Valleys where Otzi was born.”

The findings published in the journal Current Biology reverses previous research from 1994 on a small section of Otzi’s DNA that suggested the so-called “Iceman” had relatives living in Europe.

analysis confirmed that Otzi belonged to a previously unidentified lineage that has not been seen to date in modern European populations.
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