Friday, June 29, 2007

Ancient Companion

A new study has led researchers to speculate that a certain group of wild cats decided to move in with human servants some 130,000 years ago; not 9500 as previously suggested.

The DNA based study also pinpoints the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East as the spot where this started.

The BBC has an excellent article about this called DNA traces origin of domestic cat.

Also check out the Telegraph article Cats are our oldest friends that mentions dogs have been around people for 15,000 years which means that cats are now man's best friend.

ScoopIt's hard to imagine how Scoop's ancestors wandered over the China Sea to Kuching in Sarawak, Borneo.

Perhaps his catly ancestors hitched a lift from a headhunter warship expedition. After all, even the best Dayak warrior can learn a thing or two from a cat!

Here's the old fluff, having a wonderful time lying about in bed.

PS: Logomania is out again today: From the classics Greek, Roman and other classic tales have inspired some wonderfully evocative phrases. We take a look at some of the most popular classic allusions used by English speakers today.


Kitikata-san said...

I always suspect that I was the ultimate humans' best friend! Seriously though, I think cats are the best low maintenance pets ever!

TorAa said...

Maybe the cats were used as "shipcats" as far back as people come to Borneo?

Great and intresting post