BBC: DNA traces origin of domestic cat


Ok, another geeky-moment. Wonder how cats came about? This BBC article in June scratches the surface.

Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK

DNA traces origin of domestic cat


Paws for thought: Domestic cats stem from Middle Eastern stock

Domestic cats around the world can trace their origins back to the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent, according to a genetic study in Science journal.

They may have been domesticated by early farming communities, experts say.

But the study suggests the progenitors of today’s cats split from their wild counterparts more than 100,000 years ago – much earlier than once thought.

At least five female ancestors from the region gave rise to all the domestic cats alive today, scientists believe.

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For comparison and reference, here’s an article on kitty’s family tree in 2006. Progress, affirmation or conflict? You decide.

Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK

DNA traces origin of domestic cat


Paws for thought: Domestic cats stem from Middle Eastern stock

Domestic cats around the world can trace their origins back to the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent, according to a genetic study in Science journal.

They may have been domesticated by early farming communities, experts say.

But the study suggests the progenitors of today’s cats split from their wild counterparts more than 100,000 years ago – much earlier than once thought.

At least five female ancestors from the region gave rise to all the domestic cats alive today, scientists believe.

(continue reading)

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