Monday, May 24, 2010

Where did house cats come from? Were there wild cats?

I mean I know they were domesticated some how? But where did they come from? Some extinct small cat ?
Research points out that domestic cats can be traced to wild progenitors that interbred well over 100,000 years ago. The origin of today's cats is from Lybica, a Middle Eastern wildcat. According to Stephen J. O'Brien of the National Cancer Institute, domestication took place in the Middle East. Though the current day felines look very different from what Lybica used to look like, it is sure that the original cat was the mid-eastern cat.
According to the findings, the ancestry of cats has been traced to five types of wild cats, but that doesn't mean they were domesticated five times. These five types managed to interbreed at various times, with the result being Felis silvestris lybica, which appears to be the ancestor of modern house cats, the study suggests.
I really don't know but I bet it was in egypt where they were considered regal
I bet they came from that culture to live with us as "pets"
i think they came from the wildcat. There is such a thing. I think they come from england or somthing.
Cats were not domesticated from an extinct species. There are still small wild cats out there. (Just like dogs were not domesticated from an extinct dog, wolves are still around).
read this webpage:

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