Article: Ancient DNA reveals role of Near East and Egypt in cat domestication
Research done by: KU Lueven
Published: June 19, 2017
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Paleontologist Claudio Ottoni and his colleagues located DNA at an archaeological site in Near East, Africa, and Europe. DNA analysis was done using bone, teeth, skin, and hair of more than 200 cats. These cats were anywhere from 100 to 9,000 years old. The analysis revealed that all domesticated cats descend from the African wildcat, Felis silvestris lybica.