DNA reveals that humans may have domesticated cats as early as 130,000 years ago. I have to wonder how it started. Did the homo sapiens initiate the relationship, or did the cat?
Previously those who thought they knew claimed the earliest cat domestication was 9,500 years ago in Cyprus. But cats come from the Middle East, along with algebra.
What’s weird to me is that if the cat was the earliest domestic animal (nothing in the article about dogs) then you would think they would be one of the most domesticated animals. But unlike dogs and livestock, they’re half-wild 130 thousand years later.
Other cat trivia:
Other than Daniel’s and Isaiah’s lions, there is no mention of a cat in the Bible.
A cat’s ear has 32 muscles.
The photo comes from the BBC article linked above.
Addendum: Here’s a BBC article about the Grim Reaper cat in Rhode Island which I found after reading the posts in the thread. Man, if I see that thing anywhere near me I’m running in the other direction!