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Ice Man Warms Up for European Scientists

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Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2253-2254
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2253a

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After spending about 45 million hours in a deep freeze, Italy's "Ice Man" was thawed for 4 hours earlier this week in an Italian museum to allow scientists to snip out bits of bone, teeth, skin, and fat. Scientists hope that turning up the heat on the famous emissary from Neolithic Europe could help solve such lingering puzzles as who his kin were and what caused his death.