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Iceman mummy shares last meals

1:08pm, October 1, 2002

Around 5,000 years ago, a lone hunter trekking through Europe's Tyrolean Alps ate his final two meals. First, he munched on wild cereals, goat meat, and a few flowering plants. Later, the man partook of red deer meat and possibly more cereals. Then he died in a rocky basin, where his frozen, naturally mummified body was discovered in 1991.

The ancient culinary sendoff of the so-called Tyrolean Iceman has emerged from an analysis of food remains in his colon and intestines. Researchers directed by Franco Rollo of the University of Camerino in Italy extracted DNA and tested it for similarities to DNA from a variety of modern plant and animal species.

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