How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world? 

    Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
    Julio Lacerda (who illustrated the Cyprus grave site): https://252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda
    Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica): http://alphynix.tumblr.com/

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  • Agent Office
    Agent Office  seconds ago

    Must die with a cat

  • MARCOZR1
    MARCOZR1  5 minutes ago

    LOL at "we domesticated"

  • Joseph
    Joseph  9 minutes ago

    Jeffrey Epstein has 3 broken bones in his neck which is consistent with strangulation and not hanging. Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself and there’s an entire pedo empire that needs to pay for their disgusting abuse.

  • It's Me, Steve
    It's Me, Steve  12 minutes ago

    Cats can have a parasite that humans can catch. Look it up. Symptoms are similar to a fever. Once you get it, you can't take it out of you.

  • Dan Valy
    Dan Valy  20 minutes ago

    Guy throws some food to nearby wild cat.
    Cat comes back for more free food.
    This is how

  • D C
    D C  24 minutes ago

    I thought cats joined humanity by choice.

  • OURSIS THEFURY
    OURSIS THEFURY  42 minutes ago

    2:36 NSFW

  • Theodore Bear
    Theodore Bear  54 minutes ago

    Oh cats caught pests in rome?
    THEN WHY DIDN'T THE CAT'S KILL THE ROMANS?!?!

  • Wait A min
    Wait A min  an hour ago

    The first cat might be from the space, some sort of advanced creature, that’s why it can hide the trace.

  • Alejandro Flores
    Alejandro Flores  an hour ago

    When cats walk in two legs 24/7, then we can say we domesticated them.

  • Basement Dweller
    Basement Dweller  an hour ago

    Cats.

  • Lance William Tsuji

    Ancient Cat: Hooman, bring me to Cyprus. I want to plan the world domination there.

    Ancient Human: I'm your slave.

  • slayerdearly
    slayerdearly  an hour ago

    I love cats

  • Mia P
    Mia P  an hour ago

    I hate cats

  • Kami Price
    Kami Price  2 hours ago

    what if cats domesticated us? 🙀

  • Head__ Trip__
    Head__ Trip__  2 hours ago

    It seems more like an agreement. We give them a place to sleep and permanent food source, and they keep rats, mice, and birds away

  • Muse
    Muse  2 hours ago

    You are looking at this wrong human. Cats domesticated US. Cats do not get domesticated.

  • Andy Russell
    Andy Russell  3 hours ago

    Humans: Spends centuries domesticating Cats.

    Cats: ight imma head out

  • Abja Sarma
    Abja Sarma  3 hours ago

    Looking at cat videos, I don't think cats are still not domesticated.

  • Kyle Foster
    Kyle Foster  3 hours ago

    Cats domesticated humans for their own benefit. They saw the potential of humans to be great servants one day and thus brought about evolution to modern man.