Unusual use of phylogenetic analyses

24 01 2016

Me and mine have used phylogenetic analyses a few times to work out the biological bases of welfare problems (e.g. in Carnivores and Parrots), so it was cool to hear of a novel application of these techniques last week: using the phylogeny of Eurasian languages to trace the origins of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and other ancient fairy tales. Turns out that some date way back to the Bronze Age!

Click here for a good write-up, here for the research article itself.