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Early Date for the Birth of Indo-European Languages

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Science  28 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5650, pp. 1490-1491
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5650.1490a

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A bold new study in this week's issue of Nature asserts that the common root of the 144 so-called Indo-European languages was spoken more than 8000 years ago by Neolithic farmers in Anatolia, in central Turkey.