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We Finally Know How the Iceman Died

In 1991, as a result of global warming, a 5,300-year-old corpse was discovered in the melting snow of the Alps. He became known as "Oetzi," after the Oetz Valley where he was found. Scientists have learned a lot about what life was like in prehistoric times by studying his body. Now they've finally figured out how he died.

BBC News reports that Oetzi bled to death from a ruptured artery, caused by an arrow that struck him in the shoulder. He had been shot in the back, perhaps while fleeing from a fight. According to BBC News, Oetzi was 46 years old, a little over 5 feet tall, and had arthritis, as well as worms.

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