CAT DOMESTICATION CONTINUED: THE MOSTAGEDDA TOMB, HIERAKONPOLIS, EGYPT

  Recently, archeologists have discovered an African Wildcat, Felis Silvestris Libyca, in an Egyptian Pre-dynastic burial pit dating to around 3,700BC or to approximately 5,700 years ago.  The cat, buried along with a man curled into a fetal position, was wrapped in cloth, surrounded with items of jewelry and pots, not unlike the Cyprus find. […]

MAN’S EARLIEST RELATIONSHIP WITH CATS: DOMESTICATION

CAT DOMESTICATION     Some scholars believe that based on evidence of terracotta and clay cat figurines found in Syria, Turkey and Israel that the cat’s domestication began in the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of civilization, some 10,000 years ago. Other proof, dating back 7,000 years, gives evidence of the cat’s domestication in Haçilar, Turkey, […]

ALL 40 BREEDS OF DOMESTIC CAT DESCEND FROM FELIS SILVESTRIS LIBYCA

FELIS SILVESTRIS LIBYCA     All of the world’s approximate 600 million domesticated cats belonging to approximately 40 different breeds are descendants of the Near Eastern Wildcat, also known as the African Wildcat or Felis Silvestris Libyca. The 37 species of cats living today belong to the family Felidae and are divided into three main […]

WHO OR WHAT IS PSEUDAELURUS?

      The next notable cat fossil record of Pseudaelurus appeared during the Miocene period, around 20 million years ago.  At about the same time that the cat appeared on the evolutionary timeline in South East Asia, Pseudaelurus, regarded as the ancestor of all modern cats, crossed over the Bering land bridge, which connected […]

PROAILURUS OR THE LEMAN’S DAWN CAT?

  Fossil remains found in France of the Proailurus or Leman’s Dawn Cat,  which evolved from the Miacids, prove that it first appeared about 30 million years ago, and is the common ancestor of the cat family Felidae. Descended from the Miacids, the Proailurus or Leman’s Dawn Cat appeared about 30 million years ago. Fossils […]

WHO WERE THE ANCESTORS OF THE FIRST CATS?

ANCESTORS OF THE FIRST CATS During the Early Pliocene to the Eocene period between 65-33 million years ago the ancestors of the first cats appeared as descendents of the Miacid species, small marten- like carnivores that mainly inhabited forests. Photo courtesy of:  Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris (no copyright)Wikipedia commons