Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say

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Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say

#1  Postby DougC » Jan 20, 2016 5:25 am


B.B.C. Article

Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon.

The Brothers Grimm correctly believed the stories they popularised went back further than earliest literary records, academics said

Using techniques normally employed by biologists, academics studied links between stories from around the world and found some had prehistoric roots.
They found some tales were older than the earliest literary records, with one dating back to the bronze age.
The stories had been thought to date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries.

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