Science Articles & Cool Facts
Did you know that under extreme cold the human body can be preserved over 1000′s of years. A great example of this was during September 1991 when hikers in the Otztal Alps came across the body of a man who turned out to be over 5000 years old. He was preserved in an airtight pocket beneath a huge glacier which ultimately stopped his body from decaying in the normal manner.
Not only were many of his organs still intact but he was still wearing a boot stuffed with grass. Bodies caught in glaciers are usually crushed and torn apart so the fact that this body was so well preserved was an amazing feat in itself. How he froze over is of course an area up for debate with some scientists claiming he was caught in an ice storm whilst others went as far as claiming he was a killed and offered as a ritual sacrifice. There’s plenty about Otzi on the web so dig around and find out more for yourself.