Cats were pets 5,300 years ago

Written by on December 20, 2013 in Rare Critters - No comments

This explains their superiority complex.

In a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy , 5,300 year old feline bones were found in the excavated Neolithic village in Quanhucun, China.

The cat bones came from at least two cats and the discoverers found that the cats ate millet. As grain-based diets are unusual for cats, which are natural carnivores, the research finding was that the cats were either scavengers of leftovers or even kept as pets.

The bones of a domesticated cat was found in Egypt 4,000 years ago. Remains of a wild cat were buried near a human on Cyprus 9,500 years ago. As Discover Magazine puts it, “what cats were up to in the five millennia between the two discoveries is almost a complete mystery (though we suspect napping took up a great deal of that time.)

 

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