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New evidence for Ötzi’s final trauma

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The authors are indebted to Dr. Albert Zink (Bolzano) for help with the procurement of the material and Mrs. Christine Reischl (Munich) for technical assistance.

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Nerlich, A.G., Peschel, O. & Egarter-Vigl, E. New evidence for Ötzi’s final trauma. Intensive Care Med 35, 1138–1139 (2009).

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  • Hand Wound
  • Haemosiderin
  • Dark Brown Spot
  • Significant Time Period
  • Force Object