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Language tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of Indo-European origin

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Languages, like genes, provide vital clues about human history. The origin of the Indo-European language family is 'the most intensively studied, yet still most recalcitrant, problem of historical linguistics'. Numerous genetic studies of Indo-European origins have produced inconclusive results. Here we analyse linguistic data using computational methods derived from evolutionary biology. We test between two theories of Indo-European origin - the 'Kurgan expansion' and 'Anatolian farming' hyp...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1038/nature02029

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Institution:
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Department:
Department of Psychology
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Institution:
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Department:
Department of Psychology
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature Journal website
Volume:
426
Pages:
435-439
Publication date:
2003-11-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:d6aef57c-ce30-40fb-8786-f64c4a70afd1
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ora:2805

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