Fairy Tales Are Much Older Than We Thought

Credit: Royal Society Open Science, Published 14 January 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150645

Did you know that research suggests some of the bedtime stories and fairy tales were first told during the Bronze Age!

New research suggests some of the most treasured stories, or some variation of them, date back thousands of years. To come to these conclusions, the researchers applied a technique normally used in biology—building phylogenetic trees to trace linguistic attributes back to their origin.

I guess Wilhelm Grimm, of the famous Grimm brothers was right. He published his famous fairy tales back in 1812 and wrote that he believed the tales were many thousands of years old. But that was discredited not long after. Now researchers suggest he was right all along.

- Grandpa D

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-01-phylogenetic-analyses-fairy-tales-older.html#jCphttp://phys.org/news/2016-01-phylogenetic-analyses-fairy-tales-older.html