THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CAT CULT–THE GODDESS BASTET IS BORN

If you want to listen, scroll down.  It took hundreds of years from the first evidence of the cat’s domestication to its being worshipped as a goddess during the Middle Kingdom reign of Mentuhotep III.  For the cat, being a pet and being worshipped were not mutually exclusive.  The ancient Egyptians had cats as household […]

CAT DOMESTICATION CONTINUED: THE MOSTAGEDDA TOMB, HIERAKONPOLIS, EGYPT

If you prefer to listen, scroll down.      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 […]

MAN’S EARLIEST RELATIONSHIP WITH CATS: DOMESTICATION

CAT DOMESTICATION If you prefer to listen to the post, then scroll down.      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 […]

ALL 40 BREEDS OF DOMESTIC CAT DESCEND FROM FELIS SILVESTRIS LIBYCA

FELIS SILVESTRIS LIBYCA If you prefer to listen, just scroll down.      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 […]

WHO OR WHAT IS PSEUDAELURUS?

If you prefer to listen, just scroll down.      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 […]

PROAILURUS OR THE LEMAN’S DAWN CAT?

If you prefer to listen, just scroll down.  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.  Fossils of the Leman’s Dawn Cat found in France are […]

WHO WERE THE ANCESTORS OF THE FIRST CATS?

ANCESTORS OF THE FIRST CATS If you prefer to listen, scroll down.  During the Early Pliocene to the Eocene period between 65-33 million years ago the ancestors of the first cats appeared as descendants of the Miacid species, small marten- like carnivores that mainly inhabited forests.   PREFER TO LISTEN INSTEAD OF READ? THEN JUST […]

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