Evolutionary linguists they have a "significant breakthrough" regarding the origin of Indo-European languages, including English and Sanskrit. The linguists an ancient predecessor may have been more than 8,100 years ago. The researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany. Their study may a 200-year-old dispute over where the ancestor of English from. One school of thought English its roots in the Pontic-Caspian Steppe on the northern shore of the Black Sea 6,000 years ago. A competing theory is that English from Anatolia (much of present-day Turkey) 9,000 years ago.
Indo-European languages are by nearly half of the world's population. The most commonly- members of this family English, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Bengali, French, Russian, Portuguese and Punjabi. Each of these over 100 million native speakers. More than 80 language specialists a huge databank of core vocabulary from 161 Indo-European languages. The study 52 ancient and historical languages. Study co-author and Associate-Professor Russell Gray : "Ancient DNA and [evolutionary language analysis] to that the resolution to the 200-year-old Indo-European enigma in a hybrid of the [Steppe and Anatolia] hypotheses."