posted on May, 23 2005 @ 01:14 PM
Ötzi the Iceman, the 5.3 thousand year old mummy that was found in 1991 is now showing signs of ecomposition according to the latest tests done on
the body. The proof that the caretaker, Eduard Egarter Vigl, is basing this on is due to x-rays done on the knees of the corpse.
There are "gray" areas that have changed aspect over time. This may be an indication of bacteria or gas bubbles in the knee
Concerned that bacteria could damage the mummy, Egarter Vigl suggested a needle biopsy in order to analyze the "bubbles". He also advised tissue
samples be taken.
He warned that the mummy is dehydrating, dangerously losing weight by water evaporation despite an igloo-like refrigerated cell which recreates the
conditions in the Similaun Glacier where the mummy was found.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This would be a great loss for science. According to the article, the body is also drying out inspite of attempts to re-hydrate it.
One thing I wish they had left out is at the end of the article, they make reference to a curse of the iceman. I would have expected the Discovery
Channel would be better than this
Edited to correct the age of the mummy. Thanx for the catch!
[edit on 23-5-2005 by kenshiro2012]