Fatty acid composition and preservation of the Tyrolean Iceman and other mummies.

@article{Makristathis2002FattyAC,
  title={Fatty acid composition and preservation of the Tyrolean Iceman and other mummies.},
  author={Athanasios Makristathis and Josef Schwarzmeier and Robert M Mader and Kurt Varmuza and Ingrid Simonitsch and Jos{\'e} Pedro Ch{\'a}vez Ch{\'a}vez and Werner Platzer and Hans Unterdorfer and R. Scheithauer and Anatoly P. Derevianko and Horst Seidler},
  journal={Journal of lipid research},
  year={2002},
  volume={43 12},
  pages={
          2056-61
        }
}
In anthropology, objective parameters to adequately describe storage conditions and the preservation of mummies have yet to be identified. Considering that fatty acids degrade to stable products, we analysed their profile in human mummies and in control samples by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Originating from different epochs and civilizations, samples of the Tyrolean Iceman, other glacier corpses, a freeze dried mummy, corpses from a permafrost region, a corpse… CONTINUE READING

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