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5,300-year-old Ötzi the Iceman has living relatives

5,300-year-old Ötzi the Iceman has living relatives

Scientists say that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of Ötzi the Iceman currently living in Austria’s Tyrol region.

Ötzi’s frozen 5,300-year-old body was found in the Italian Alps in 1991. The 19 genetic matches to Ötzi were found by examining DNA records of 3,700 Austrian blood donors. The Austrian researchers have not yet told the living relatives of Ötzi that they are related.

Photo: A researcher examines the 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy. (Augustin Ochsenreiter/AP file)

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