The Iceman's Last Meal Consisted of Fat, Wild Meat, and Cereals.

Maixner, Frank; Turaev, Dmitrij; Cazenave-Gassiot, Amaury; Janko, Marek; Krause-Kyora, Ben; Hoopmann, Michael R; Kusebauch, Ulrike; Sartain, Mark; Guerriero, Gea; O'Sullivan, Niall; Teasdale, Matthew; Cipollini, Giovanna; Paladin, Alice; Mattiangeli, Valeria; Samadelli, Marco; Tecchiati, Umberto; Putzer, Andreas; Palazoglu, Mine; Meissen, John; Lösch, Sandra; ... (2018). The Iceman's Last Meal Consisted of Fat, Wild Meat, and Cereals. Current biology, 28(14), 2348-2355.e9. Elsevier 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.067

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The history of humankind is marked by the constant adoption of new dietary habits affecting human physiology, metabolism, and even the development of nutrition-related disorders. Despite clear archaeological evidence for the shift from hunter-gatherer lifestyle to agriculture in Neolithic Europe [1], very little information exists on the daily dietary habits of our ancestors. By undertaking a complementary -omics approach combined with microscopy, we analyzed the stomach content of the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old European glacier mummy [2, 3]. He seems to have had a remarkably high proportion of fat in his diet, supplemented with fresh or dried wild meat, cereals, and traces of toxic bracken. Our multipronged approach provides unprecedented analytical depth, deciphering the nutritional habit, meal composition, and food-processing methods of this Copper Age individual.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Lösch, Sandra

ISSN:

0960-9822

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

31 Jul 2018 15:46

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2019 14:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.067

PubMed ID:

30017480

Uncontrolled Keywords:

European Copper Age mummy Iceman ancient DNA diet last meal lipidomics microscopy multi-omics study proteomics stomach content

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119011

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119011

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