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New Method Puts Elusive Indo-European Homeland in Anatolia

Science  24 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6097, pp. 902
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6097.902

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An international research team has borrowed a computational approach from biology to shed new light on the origins of the Indo-European family of languages. Using models originally created to trace the origins of viral pathogens, such as avian influenza, during outbreaks, evolutionary psychologists report on page 957 of this week's issue that they have found decisive support for the hypothesis that Neolithic farmers carried their language and agricultural know-how with them as they pushed out from Anatolia.

  • * Heather Pringle is a contributing editor at Archaeology magazine.