I have found this study, and resulting discussion, pretty fascinating. I read the paper, but unfortunately, I do not have the scientific background to understand the author's methods or how they came to the conclusions they did. But it's definitely inspired a spirited debate and gotten fairy tales some extra media attention.
You're right, EC - very thought provoking. I don't often think about how long fairy tales have been around, since it feels like an organic extension of our collective human psyche, so I feel it's been around forever. Love the Cramer/Rumpelstilskin eye candy, by the way.
I worked my way through the study, and I can't say I quite got all of it, but it was definitely interesting. I am also fascinated by the media attention. Here is my response post:http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com/2016/01/so-about-those-bronze-age-fairy-tales.html