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Thread: The Oldest Known Evidence

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    The Oldest Known Evidence

    ...of people keeping cats as pets may have been discovered by archaeologists.

    The discovery of a cat buried with what could be its owner in a Neolithic grave on Cyprus suggests domestication of cats had begun 9,500 years ago.

    Interesting article I found here: BBC SCIENCE/NATURE

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    Laughs!

    I was just about to post that!

    Here is the one I found though

    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...irst_felines_4
    "A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor."

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    What a fascinating story. That is considerably earlier than any other evidence. The article says that the researchers presume the cats were introduced to Cyprus, because there are no native species there. I don't fancy being the one who had to row to Cyprus from wherever in an open boat with cats on board! Do you think the cat box might be a neolithic invention?

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    Originally posted by Killearn Kitties
    I don't fancy being the one who had to row to Cyprus from wherever in an open boat with cats on board! Do you think the cat box might be a neolithic invention?

    Hehehe - I wonder if the archaologists thought of that!!! (Or is it just ourr "PT"way of looking at things???)

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    Wow, how fascinating! And how amazing that the feline species has still kept so much of its independence!

    Kirsten

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    Hee hee! Three people have posted this story so far ...

    Paul posted it in General last night, and now two people have posted it in Cat General, too!

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