The Minnesota Iceman has reportedly resurfaced in Austin, Texas. Steve Busti, owner of Museum of the Weird, has announced that he has possession of the original "frozen caveman" which was displayed throughout the nation in the 1960s and 70s.
The mysterious creature was displayed in a block of ice at traveling carnivals and fairs throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The Minnesota Iceman is described as 6 foot tall and covered in hair. The facial features, hands, and feet, have a human-like appearance, contributing to rumors that the creature is a preserved early human. Promoters referred to the creature as the "Missing Link."
As reported by GhostTheory.com, biologist John Napier requested to examine the Minnesota Iceman for authenticity. Napier approached Frank Hansen, who owned the display, and was promptly turned down.
Hansen later explained that he decided to store the original Minnesota Iceman and continue displaying a replica. Napier contends that the replica and the original were "one and the same."
Museum owner Steve Busti claims that Hansen continued to store the Minnesota Iceman in his freezer once he removed it from display. As reported by the Huffington Post, Busti states that he purchased the original Minnesota Iceman from Hansen earlier this year.
Busti is currently preparing the mysterious creature for permanent display in his Texas museum. He expects to complete the exhibit in time for the July 4 weekend. The creature's reappearance may answer some long standing questions that have been explored in books and on television programs, including Unsolved Mysteries.
The Museum of the Weird displays oddities historically found at traveling carnivals, fairs, and dime museums. Current displays include shrunken heads, mummies, wax figures, and unusual animals. Additionally, a daily stage show includes live entertainment reminiscent of circus sideshows.
The Minnesota Iceman will fit in quite well with Busti's existing collection. As the caveman's whereabouts have remained a mystery for decades, the display is sure to draw a lot of attention.
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