The domestic cat is one of us humans most embraced pets – but its history has long been poorly known. A new DNA study provides fascinating insight as turns out that almost all of the world’s domestic cats originate from two limited areas: Egypt and Turkey-Iraq.

Advertisements

The study reveals that tamed cats swept through Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners, and even Vikings. The researchers analyzed DNA from over 200 cat remains and found that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.