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Planet Earth

Full genome of Otzi the Iceman is published

Not Exactly Rocket ScienceBy Ed YongFebruary 28, 2012 10:00 PM


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After years of anticipation, the full genome of Otzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found in the Alps, has finally been published. The genome reveals that Otzi carried a large genomic region known as the ‘Y chromosome’, which significantly increases the risk of traipsing about in the a*se-end of nowhere with very little protective clothing, and getting shot by arrows. Image © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology [For a more serious take, see here. And as Carl Zimmer notes, I'm suffering from YAGS]

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