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Otzi the Iceman

A Guide and Description


Otzi the Iceman is one of those amazing discoveries that continues, even decades after the original find, to surprise us with new bits of information. The glossary entry includes a summary, and you'll find some news stories, a bibliography, and even an extended joke in the Bulwer-Lytton style.

1. Otzi the Iceman (definition)

This entry is a summary of everything known about Otzi that's been published to date: where he was born, where he lived, how tall he was, what he weighed, what he ate, what he did for a living, what his clothes were like, how old he was, and what killed him. We don't know why he was killed--but science suggests that somebody didn't like him very much at all.

2. Moss and the Iceman

Studies of the Iceman's innards revealed a surprising variety of mosses, from different climate regimes suggesting that Otzi was a local man who knew and traveled the Alpine region widely

3. Death of an Iceman

Using multislice computed tomography, a research team from the Swiss Mummy Project at the University of Zurich discovered a 13-mm tear in an artery in the Iceman's chest, and have pinpointed what they think led to the Iceman's death.

4. Otzi's Clothing

A summary and links to detailed news stories about the MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry used to examine Otzi's clothes.

5. Bibliography of Otzi the Iceman

A list of the journal articles and books written about Otzi to date.

6. A Bulwer-Lytton-like Take on the Iceman

T.R. Talbott won a dishonorable mention in the 1997 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest (where WWW means "Wretched Writers Welcome"). He (or she, I was never able to contact him or her) took as his/her text the Iceman--and every time I read it I laugh out loud.

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