This Is How Cats Conquered The World And Became Our Feline Overlords
Jun 21 2017
This would have started the relationship between people and cats. One lineage was rooted in the Fertile Crescent, where humans who were still figuring out agriculture more than 10,000 years ago probably realized that some local wild cats were friendly and useful, Geigl said.
Even if you don't like cats, you have to give them credit for making the world their litter box for thousands of years.
TRT World'sChelsea Carter reports.
Unlike dogs, whose bodies and temperaments have transformed radically during the roughly 30,000 years we've lived with them, domestic cats are nearly identical to their wild counterparts-physically and genetically.
Researchers wanted an answer, so they analyzed around 200 cat skeletons from these 9,000 years, but they still couldn't determine when modern cats were first domesticated.
Type C cats also appear to have spread throughout the world, and by the fifth century C.E. they were found through Europe and the Mediterranean.
The research team, led by Claudio Ottoni of the University of Leuven, in Belgium, teased DNA out of the remains of 209 ancient cats dating back as far as 8,500 years ago. Conversely, cats may continue to defy domestication, cementing their place as one of the few animals to befriend humans without falling completely under their control.
Today's blotched tabbies (left)-like all cats-are descended from the Near Eastern wildcat (right).
But sometimes you have to wonder, who's really in charge.
As another interesting finding, after the researchers sequenced nuclear DNA - valuable for tracing ancestry, not just population dispersion - they found the mutation responsible for the familiar tabby cats on the Taqpep gene didn't appear until Medieval ages.
The people of Ancient Egypt considered that cats were sacred, so they venerated them like deities. He's already begun traveling to museums in Vienna, searching their collections for ancient cat mummies and DNA that may fill in the missing history of man's most mysterious friend.
Drawing on genetic material from mummified cats in Egypt, and remains from Viking graveyards and stone age sites, researchers pieced together how cats first came to live with humans and ultimately spread around the world as their companions.
In modern-day society, we value cats for their grumpiness, the way they resent everything we try to do for them, and the fact they only want our attention when we've finally fallen asleep. An worldwide team of researchers found that cats' dispersal happened in two waves, first from the Fertile Crescent and later from Egypt.
Ailurophiles often jest that their beloved pet cats are essentially still wild, exhibiting many traits of their larger, wild cousins. This is also illustrated by Egyptian murals: they always depict striped cats.
"I think studying more about this species is going to open up even more about the domestication process". "We tried to get a picture of how the distribution of wild cats occurred before taming occurred". While cats might seem perfectly content with being couch potatoes, the reality is they have been pulling the long con on humanity for thousands of years.
Cats have not been intensively bred into different body shapes, sizes and colors in the same way that dogs have, and the researchers found evidence that any breeding for looks came late - with the appearance of the blotched tabby marking pattern in the 1300s in Turkey.