Oldest red blood cells ever found inside an Iceman mummy
Researchers have found examples of the oldest known samples of red blood cells. Using a new technique involving a probe that captures 3D imagery, the team of researchers at the European Academy of Bozen found the ancient cells in the body of Iceman a.k.a. Ötzi, a mummy found imbedded in an Alpine glacier in 1991. Iceman is believed to have died roughly 5,300 years ago. Scientists estimate he was approximately 46 years old at the time of his death, which was most likely caused by a blow to the head.