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

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 pets, and at the same time kept […]

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, […]

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

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