Comparative phylogenetic analyses uncover the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales

Royal Society open science Vol/Iss. 3(1) The Royal Society Published In Pages: 1-11
By Da Silva, Sara Graça, Tehrani, Jamshid J.


There will be a significant effect of vertical transmission through common descent on folktale distribution. (2)


The distributions of 100 of 275 tales were significantly positively associated with phylogenetic language trees. Of these, 81 were positively associated with the populations' linguistic affiliations, whereas only 39 were positively associated with spatial proximity. Vertical transmission was more important than horizontal transmission in 76 tales.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Fritz and Purvis' D statisticSupportedalpha < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN