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Ancient ancestors of domestic cat was opportunistic - study

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An international study by researchers from the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tübingen has determined that the first known cats in Europe were opportunistic and did not rely directly on humans for survival.

The study reveals that around 6,200 to 4,300 years ago cats survived by hunting wild animals such as rodents and were closely associated with human agriculture.

The different isotope ratios allow scientists to make inferences about the animals’ diet. “We examined a total of six cat fossils from discovery sites in Poland. For comparison purposes, we also measured fossils of the oldest known domestic cats from Poland as well as 34 additional animals that occurred alongside the cats in Europe around 6,000 years ago,” explains the scientist from Tübingen.

The study’s results show that the newly arrived ancestors of the domestic cat did not entirely rely on humans. Bocherens explains, “The bones in the cat fossils contain evidence of rodents that occurred in close association with human agriculture, along with signs of wild prey animals.” These analysis results indicate that the ancestors of modern domestic cats continued to live in the wild and only obtained part of their diet near human habitations.

S: https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-ancestors-of-domestic-cat-was-opportunistic/134242

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21st Century Karen

This is very interesting.

Even today we can see that domestic cats still have their wild instincts, and they won't rely on human for 100 % (of course if this is not locked at home 24/7 and can go outside).

Ugh, cats... my favorites! 

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TimisaMonster

This is why cats are better than dogs...fight me :billie:

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Babel

Isn’t this the case for cats nowadays? :laughga:

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Ikonik
14 minutes ago, TimisaMonster said:

This is why cats are better than dogs...fight me :billie:

I agree sis :flower::pole::gayhat::gaycat:

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GregJA
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Servin it ancient city style :gayhat:

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derpmonster
44 minutes ago, FfFfFfFF said:

were opportunistic and did not rely directly on humans for survival.

:huntyga:

Who's gonna tell them

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StarstruckIllusion

Kings. I’m looking to get one now especially bc I’m likely in quarantine 🤕

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RAMROD

They still do today even if with humans. These cats waits until you are not focused then steal that piece of steak, fish, or chicken off your plate :triggered:

Or to SNEAKATTACK!

 

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