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How old is that fairy tale?

February 4, 2016

Researchers appropriately located at New University of Lisbon and Durham University carried phylogenetic techniques from biology to fairy tales, to trace relationships and age of the latter. According to the result, Jack and the Beanstalk goes back five millennium, making it twice as old as the Old Testament. But stories about smithies dealing with devils are even older. Like sailors, smithies got a bad rap.

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