The Loom

Updated Cat Evolution

I’ve updated yesterday’s cat evolution post with some tough comments from an expert on cat fossils. Check it out.

Comments

  1. #1 Paul Bard
    January 6, 2006

    Is it true that cats were independently domesticated in different parts of the world – Egypt, Thailand and China? I have heard so somewhere but cannot find evidence either way.

  2. #2 Ocellated
    January 7, 2006

    So this may not really answer your question… But I think I remember a reference in Guns, Germs, and Steel (an amazing book by Jared Diamond if you haven’t read it) that mentions cats being domesticated in northern Africa (presumably Egypt). I don’t recall any mention of the other two locations, and I would think he would have mentioned it since he wrote about many domesticated animals human have managed to “tame.”

  3. #3 Jimmy Porter
    January 7, 2006

    Jared Diamond also wrote another book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” which is also neck and neck with his Germs book. This is an author who’s books I would buy as he is an outstanding writer filling his writings with lots of “Oh Wow!” moments. I also beleive just yesterday I read an article in our newspaper about the evolution of cats. Seems they came from many different places on earth and evolved as specific species in each place, although a cat is a cat is a cat. I love ‘em and their independent attitude.