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.


Folktale types will be traceable to ancestral Indo-European populations. (2)


4 tales were traceable with a likelihood 50 - 70% of being present in Proto-Indo-European, with one, 'The Smith and the Devil' (ATU 330) traced with high probability to the last common ancestor of the Indo-European language family.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Bayesian Recent Common Ancestor analysisSupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN