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        Iceman Reborn | Modeling a Mummy

        Learn about the challenges and technologies involved in creating an exact replica of a 5,000-year-old mummy, named Ötzi, in this media gallery from NOVA: Iceman Reborn. Ötzi is permanently kept in a sterile refrigeration cell to avoid possible contamination. Doctors invite paleo-artist Gary Staab into the cell to inspect the mummy so Staab can create a life-size model of “the Iceman” that researchers and the public can view and study. Staab creates his replica from a 3-D representation of Ötzi, printed in plastic from detailed digital scans of the body. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

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        Introducing Ötzi, the Iceman

        This video provides a brief introduction to Ötzi, also known as “the Iceman,” one of the oldest and best-preserved intact human bodies ever discovered.

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        3D Printing a Replica of Ötzi

        This video explains the technology used to produce a life-size plastic model that paleo-artist Gary Staab will use to sculpt an exact replica of Ötzi.

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        A Lifelike Replica of Ötzi for Research

        Albert Zink, who oversees the Institute for Mummies and “the Iceman” in Italy, visits Gary Staab’s studio to examine the accuracy of the Ötzi replica.

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