Old Cats

9 Apr

Dig discovery is oldest 'pet cat'

The oldest known evidence of people keeping cats as pets may have been discovered by archaeologists.

The discovery of a cat buried with what could be its owner in a Neolithic grave on Cyprus suggests domestication of cats had begun 9,500 years ago.

It was thought the Egyptians were first to domesticate cats, with the earliest evidence dating to 2,000-1,900 BC.

French researchers writing in Science magazine show that the process actually began much earlier than that.

They argue that the burial at Shillourokambos on Cyprus represents the first known taming of a cat by humans. The site was a large Neolithic, or late stone age, village inhabited from the 9th to the 8th millennia BC.

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