Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows

A comprehensive survey of cat genes suggests that even after felines wandered into our lives, they remained largely unchanged for thousands of years. They likely started hanging around farming communities in the Fertile Crescent about 8,000 years ago, where they settled into a mutually beneficial relationship as humans’ rodent patrol. The earlier ancestors of today’s domestic cats spread from southwest Asia and into Europe as early as 4400 BC.

Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows

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