Stranger Fruit

More on those cats

Readers who saw my post yesterday about cat domestication may be interested to see that Greg Laden has posted on the paper. Greg’s view is that "[t]he conclusion the authors draw about cat origins is very weak … but the information this study provides about cat breed genetics is excellent and will be of value [to?] cats around the world."

Comments

  1. #1 John Mashey
    February 1, 2008

    Considering the role of cats in the world, I’m reminded of an old science fiction story, whose name I’ve long forgotten, an I recall vaguely as:

    1) (Large) aliens conquer the Earth.

    2) Some humans discover they can survive and live quite pleasant lives as the aliens are amused by human antics and get some odd pleasure from stroking human hair. Humans start growing more hair.

    3) Cats then get *very* angry, as they had long ago employed this strategy, when the first small family of cats had arrived from another planet and decided humans could take care of them. They could see their heretofore cushy life was about to end, and they’d have to go back to catching mice for a living.

  2. #2 Dave Briggs
    February 1, 2008

    3) Cats then get *very* angry, as they had long ago employed this strategy, when the first small family of cats had arrived from another planet and decided humans could take care of them. They could see their heretofore cushy life was about to end, and they’d have to go back to catching mice for a living.

    As a lifelong cat lover sorry I missed that story! When are they coming out with the movie? LOL!
    Dave Briggs :~)