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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Iceman gets iPhone, iPad apps for kids

Italy's famous Iceman mummy is set to hit iPads and iPhones with a new app allowing youngsters to learn about his Copper Age life and the stream of scientific discoveries made about him.

The application aims to provide "fun ways to get to know Europe's oldest natural human mummy", including games featuring his well-known tattoos - rumoured to have been copied by Brad Pitt - and "his extraordinary gear including his bow and arrow", said the Larixpress publishing house in the Iceman's northern Italian hometown of Bolzano.

Larixpress developed the app in collaboration with the Alto Adige (South Tyrol) Archaeological Museum, where the mummy is kept in a refrigerated cell. New discoveries about the 5,300-year-old Iceman, dug out of a northern Italian glacier in 1991 and also known as Oetzi from the Alpine valley where he was found, are being made all the time.

Last May traces of blood were found on him, the oldest blood sample ever found.

A year ago the first complete DNA map of the ancient man found that he was lactose intolerant, or unable to digest a sugar in milk.

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