Ötzi's dental diseases

Ötzi's dental diseases

The Neolithic mummy ÖtziNicknamed the Iceman, found in the Italian Alps in 1991, its teeth show cavities and gum disease, a recent study has confirmed.

The Ötzi story he tells us that more than 5,000 years ago he was pierced by an arrow causing his bleeding death in the Alps. Since it was discovered by hikers, the face, body and clothing have been reconstructed and studied by researchers.

During the studies, it was concluded that it was a middle aged man, a farmer and who lived not far from where he died. He probably had Lyme disease, suffered from heart disease, and had joint pain.

Until now the teeth had not been analyzed and for this reason Frank Rühli, a paleontologist at the University of Zurich, together with his team decided to perform a CT scan and found that he had several cavities, probably caused by a diet rich in carbohydrates.

The Ice man it also shows wear on the teeth caused by abrasion of hard minerals, exposing the bone under the roots. This wear had already been found in other Egyptian mummies due to the ingestion of ground grains.

Likewise, a trauma to the front of the incisor caused by a blow during a fight or an accident.

All of the above shows the change from a strict diet, based on what they hunted or collected, to a new one that leaned towards agricultural exploitation, therefore, due to the evolution process, the first to maintain the new diet suffered dental diseases as a result of not having adapted to the environment in advance.

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