World's Greatest Mysteries Collection

Season 1 Episode 9

World's Greatest Mysteries Human Origins: Five Thousand Years Or Older?

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 2009 on
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World's Greatest Mysteries Human Origins: Five Thousand Years Or Older?
Controversy. Conspiracy. Confusion. History is fraught with events -- from local to global -- that have never been satisfactorily explained. What caused the dinosaurs to perish? How were the Egyptian Pyramids built? What happened to the great Inca civilization? Was John Wilkes Booth part of a large, sinister plot? Was George Armstrong Custer sacrificed to save the Grant Administration? Is there anything happening in Roswell, New Mexico, that should be shared with American citizens? Who shot John F. Kennedy? These and dozens of other international mysteries are investigated, explored, unraveled and reported. Human Origins: Five Thousand Years Or Older? In 1991, two Germans hiking in the Alps of Northern Italy discovered the 5,200- year-old remains of a Copper Age man frozen in a glacier. Amazingly well-preserved in ice, the corpse, dubbed "Ötzi the Iceman," was found with tools, arrows, and a knife. To date, he is Europe's oldest natural human mummy and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans. Initially thought to be a contemporary corpse, the body was removed without using archaeological tools and procedures. Since then, the body has been extensively examined, measured, X-rayed, and dated. Tissues and intestinal contents have been examined microscopically. At the time of the discovery, few people would have predicted that this one man could significantly alter the scientific community's view of the history of man. Who was this man who walked the earth three thousand years before Christ? How has the discovery of his body affected the search for answers to the age old question--how old is the human race? This television program poses the possibility that this one man, frozen for five thousand years, might help solve the mystery of the origin of man and aid scientists in determining how long the human race has lived on planet Earth.moreless

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