Cat domestication: From farms to sofas

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  • Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. But they haven’t spent the last ten thousand years just snoozing. A new study reveals that tamed cats swept through Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners and even Vikings. The researchers analysed DNA from over 200 cat remains and found that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.

    Read the original research paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0139
    Nature news story about the study: http://www.nature.com/news/how-cats-conquered-the-world-and-a-few-viking-ships-1.20643
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Comments: 18

  • Kitten Mom
    Kitten Mom 1 day ago

    Cats are adorable! Couldn't imagine life without them

  • kittywaymo
    kittywaymo 6 days ago

    love it:)

  • RoseBudpony1
    RoseBudpony1 7 days ago

    house cats are my 3rd favorite feline, big cats first, wild cats 2nd..... uh.. cartoon/anime cats?.... i think thats like next to big cats.

  • fatih koç
    fatih koç 8 days ago

    there is a nice movie about cats: KEDI
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4420704/

  • Treebeard
    Treebeard 8 days ago

    Awesome animation

  • Goodwine
    Goodwine 8 days ago

    All these years, and they are still pieces of shit.

  • At Or Around Ten
    At Or Around Ten 8 days ago

    Is this narrator aiming at the 0 -5 demo?

  • Prophetess  of MeoW
    Prophetess of MeoW 8 days ago

    In ancient Egypt it was considered a crime punishable with death. Herodotus has written of the annual celebrations for Bubastis, for Bast, that of which 100s of thousands would revel. Feline children eat rats, thus keeping pestilence down. Thank you for the video, it is much appreciated!!!

  • chairshoe81
    chairshoe81 8 days ago

    _"do you even know what farm to sofa means?"_

    • Brian K
      Brian K 7 days ago

      chairshoe81 do you even wild foods bruh???


    • Francisco Diaz
      Francisco Diaz 8 days ago

      chairshoe81 use your imagination.


  • fkhg1
    fkhg1 9 days ago

    there are to many cats around there, they are a real problem for the normal wildlife

  • OnceUponATimeThereWasAPersonWithALongUsername.TheElongationOfThatUsernameWasPlainlyLegendary

    Humans didn't domesticate cats
    CATS domesticated the humans

    • MeowMeow KittyWoW
      MeowMeow KittyWoW 5 days ago

      Exactly. Why did humans start farming in the first place? Cats made them do it. Can't be a nomadic with cats on your lap.


    • Mz Lee
      Mz Lee 8 days ago

      OnceUponATimeThereWasAPersonWithALongUsername.TheElongationOfThatUsernameWasPlainlyLegendary I've been adopted by a few myself 😊


  • salvatornado
    salvatornado 9 days ago

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