Ötzi the Iceman Spills His Guts

Gut microbes found in a 5,300-year-old mummy may revise the story of human migration into Europe.

A team of researchers recently found the remains of H. pylori in the digestive tract of a Copper Age mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman. He died 5,300 years ago, near the present-day border between Italy and Austria, and his remains were frozen in a glacier for thousands of years until hikers stumbled across the body in 1991. He’s been well-studied in the decades since, but his stomach had been o

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