The Making of Ötzi the Iceman

The DNALC worked with the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to make two 3D replicas of the Ötzi mummy; one is installed in an exhibit being developed at the DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor and the other in the future DNALC in NYC. These will be the only authorized replicas of Ötzi outside of the South Tyrol Museum.

Otzi and Gary StaabThe replicas were made by Gary Staab (at left), the leading artist specializing in natural history and prehistoric life models for museums. The initial replica was made by large-scale 3D printing from the CT scan.

The 3D print was used to make a rubber mold, from which a durable resin cast was made. This was followed by weeks of finishing and painting, based upon an existing photographic atlas of Ötzi.

The South Tyrol Museum is interested in having us help them institute our experiment with student mitochondrial DNA, which includes a comparison with Ötzi's DNA.

The process of creating the replica and installing it at the DNALC was documented to create a NOVA television special, "The Iceman Reborn," produced by Bsquared Media. The program will first air on February 17, 2016 at 9:00pm (check your local listings!).

The Making of Ötzi the Iceman Video

Duration: 3 minutes, 6 seconds

Introducing the DNA Learning Center

3D Print of Ötzi, at Materialise in Leuven, Belgium

March 6, 2015




Gary (second from right) and Materialise staff


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