How Ötzi the Iceman’s Voice May Have Sounded Like

Admin | Published 2016-09-25 23:12
The 5,300-year-old mummy found near Hauslabjoch in the Otzal Alps in Sept. 1991 nicknamed Ötzi, was said to have worn skins from cow, goat, sheep, deer, and even bear. But now, scientists have managed to recreate Ötzi’s “best possible approximation” voice. With the use of CT scans to measure Ötzi’s vocal chords, mouth, and throat, Bolzano’s General Hospital scientists have digitally reconstructed what he may have sounded like pronouncing vowels in Italian. Based on the data, the famous mummy may have spoken in a deep voice:   [embed][/embed]   Lead researcher, Rolando Füstös told Rossella Lorenzi from Discovery News, “We can't say we have reconstructed Ötzi's original voice, because we miss some crucial information from the mummy. But with two measurements, the length of both the vocal tract and the vocal cords, we have been able to recreate a fairly reliable approximation of the mummy's voice. This is a starting point for further research.”  
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