Their analysis indicates that Beauty And The Beast and Rumpelstiltskin are around 4,000 years old while Jack And The Beanstalk can be traced back more than 5,000 years.     

Anthropologist Jamie Tehrani from Britain's Durham University and folklorist Sara Graca da Silva of New University Lisbon used techniques initally used in biology to study 275 Indo-European stories.
Their findings suggest that folk tales existed in oral tradition long before they were put down in writing.
The pair even found that one tale, The Smith And The Devil, dated back 6,000 years to the Bronze Age.
The research appeared in the journal Royal Society Open Science.


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