Study of 5,300-year-old Iceman’s Gut Bacteria Alters Human Migration Theories [Video]

The research team really didn’t expect to discover anything new about human migration by analyzing Ötzi’s gut bacteria, but that is what ended up happening.  In this video,  Frank Maixner, coordinator of the EURAC Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, explains what they discovered:


The researchers now see an opportunity to study the gut bacteria of other well-preserved mummies as a way to unequivocally track the migration of humans across the globe. For more amazing details about research on the Iceman, check out the excellent article on GeekWire.


Sources: – “Did 5,300-year-old Iceman have an ulcer? Mummy’s gut bacteria surprise scientists – various articles

Featured Photo Credit: Samadelli Marco / EURAC