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Living descendents of ice man Ötzi found

Scientists in Innsbruck, Austria have found 19 living descendent of ice man Ötzi in the Austrian Tirol.

Forensic scientist Walther Parson who carried out the study using DNA said: "We found 19 men haver the same ancestry as Ötzi.

"There are parts of the human DNA, which are generally inherited unchanged. In men this lies on the Y chromosomes and in females on the mitochondria. Eventual changes arise due to mutations, which are then inherited further."

"This is the reason why we can categorize people with the same people into so-called haplogroups."

The researchers were able to draw conclusions through their investigations about migratory routes taken by people from earlier periods. This is why for example you find the haplogroup mainly in the Middle East.

Parson said: "In Europe these this haplogroup is very rare. Here in the Upper Inntal and Paznauntal there ere high numbers of people with the Haplogroup G.

But in Landeck there is just a normal level: "This leads us to conclude that Landeck 10,000 to 20,000 years ago was not passable very easily from the south.

The regional distribution of the haplogroup G suggests that earlier people migrated from Fließ via the Pillersattel to the Ötztal valley.

The patrilocality principle was also shown in our research.

"This means that men are more likely to remain in their place of birth. This emans the halogroups are not mixed as much."

"Ötzi had the halogroup G, the sub category G-L91. In our research we found another 19 people with this group."

DNA was taken from 3,700 men in Tirol who donated blood. They also gave their birth place and origin of their fathers.

Parson added: "The men however do not know about their match. We have not informed them."

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