How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

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  • Published: 07 November 2019
  • A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world? 

    Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
    Julio Lacerda (who illustrated the Cyprus grave site): 252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda
    Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica): alphynix.tumblr.com/

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Comments • 3 073

  • Ronald Kennedy
    Ronald Kennedy  3 minutes back

    can't go wrong with a cat video,meow can you?watch super troopers "say meow" scene.hilarious.

    • JTConner- Salovich
      JTConner- Salovich  4 minutes back

      Why does the narrator sound like on the verge of a panic attack

      • Robert Burns
        Robert Burns  6 minutes back

        Cats are wild animals. The difference between a cat and a dog is if you were 6 in tall the dog would still lick your face.

        • Le DiceThrower
          Le DiceThrower  19 minutes back

          This video remind me how much I love cats

          • Tee pom
            Tee pom  19 minutes back

            I love my cat

            • TTM'sLionGaming u tubeCh4nNeL

              i live in cyprus as well and at the dumpsters right next to my house theres like around 20 cats and kittens there

              • Vintage Vinny DIY
                Vintage Vinny DIY  35 minutes back

                I love this...take a wild animal
                . domesticate it... then when bit gos back to the wild you call it feral

                • Pete Smith
                  Pete Smith  36 minutes back

                  Cats weren't really ever domesticated you moron.

                  • Brian M
                    Brian M  39 minutes back

                    Very interesting. Here in Istanbul the cat is king.......and Queen ! They're everywhere. The people feed the street cats and even bring them to the vet if necessary. One thing I've seen in many cities around Europe are mice and rats, never seen one in Istanbul. There's a great movie about Istanbul cats called Kedi. Watch it if you can. It's great! 🐱😊

                    • Ihrab Mustafar
                      Ihrab Mustafar  57 minutes back

                      "Treating us with a little more respect"
                      😂😂 *you wish* 😂

                      • Septiyanto Nugroho
                        Septiyanto Nugroho  59 minutes back

                        They're not domesticated, we're chosen by them,,

                        • Jordan Mottram
                          Jordan Mottram  1 hours back

                          I've been to Cyprus 4 times, trust me there is a lot of cats
                          ..

                          • Bork Kills One Leg Man
                            Bork Kills One Leg Man  1 hours back

                            Cats: this African sever sucks
                            Humans: ayo you want some free dlc expansions?

                            • Mr Cartoon
                              Mr Cartoon  1 hours back

                              Interesting fact: cats are never truly tame and if they were bigger they would have eaten you already.

                              • Action Jackson
                                Action Jackson  1 hours back

                                Every now and then you get something in your mentions that you didnt even know you wanted.😍

                                • Boop Beep
                                  Boop Beep  1 hours back

                                  Wrong. Genetic splicing is real. If it weren't why are cats and rabbits able to breed? Why do cats have the same eyes and hiss box as snakes? Why do goats and octopi have horizontal reptilian eyes? They all share the same piece of dna somewhere down the line and cats were domesticated because they are spliced with human genetics.

                                  • Alex Young
                                    Alex Young  2 hours back

                                    It should be recaptioned: How cats domesticate humans

                                    • Rai
                                      Rai  2 hours back

                                      Do one on parrot domestication

                                      • Lawrence Rodriguez
                                        Lawrence Rodriguez  2 hours back

                                        There's also cat island in Japan.

                                        • Zachary McCosh
                                          Zachary McCosh  2 hours back

                                          I got an ad for cat food when I clicked on the video

                                          • 57pixels
                                            57pixels  2 hours back

                                            Remember in Europe when the cat was seen as a bad luck, around 1347... You know what happened next

                                            • Saitama Hero
                                              Saitama Hero  2 hours back

                                              i came here after Jorge masdival comment on Conor lol how

                                              • Aaron Villalobos
                                                Aaron Villalobos  2 hours back

                                                Slow down

                                                • LightningPo
                                                  LightningPo  2 hours back

                                                  So if a wild kitten was fostered by a domestic mama and its kittens, how would the wild kittens behaviour vary as it grows up, would it even vary?

                                                  • rubjellyonme
                                                    rubjellyonme  2 hours back

                                                    there is not a single animal that fits your definition of domestication. genetics is far from permanent and even pigs in the wild grow feral

                                                    • That Thing
                                                      That Thing  2 hours back

                                                      I had a outside cat. He was like a dog, he liked water, followed me wherever I go and would sleep with me on the bed. That fella was the best cat I have ever owned.

                                                      • Jaryd Weyer
                                                        Jaryd Weyer  2 hours back

                                                        An 8 month old cat, yet they say it’s 9 thousands years ago? Who told you the cat was 8 months! The cat?

                                                        • Gisselle Leyva
                                                          Gisselle Leyva  2 hours back

                                                          Um they domesticated themselves

                                                          • Dante's Inferno
                                                            Dante's Inferno  2 hours back

                                                            I don't think we domesticated them. It's more like they domesticated us. When you adopt a cat you don't expect it to warn you about people at the door or help you walk around the house if you're blind. When you adopt a cat you expect it to lay down all day while you put meals in its bowl. At least, that's how my girlfriend thinks about her cat lol. The dude is 6 months old at this point.

                                                            • bingobangoist
                                                              bingobangoist  3 hours back

                                                              The cats saw australopithecus and thought "man this guy needs a break" let's domesticate and selectively breed them into caring slaves for the future...(my cat overlord made me write this...)

                                                              • Night mare
                                                                Night mare  3 hours back

                                                                Meanwhile cats talk about how they domesticated us

                                                                • Mr Paulie Fenners76
                                                                  Mr Paulie Fenners76  3 hours back

                                                                  Actually, cats domesticated humans.

                                                                  • tompparaideri
                                                                    tompparaideri  3 hours back

                                                                    Both times were a mistake.

                                                                    • spiddyman007
                                                                      spiddyman007  3 hours back

                                                                      7:42 STEVE

                                                                      • William Miles La Mont
                                                                        William Miles La Mont  3 hours back

                                                                        Let's not forget sea levels in the Mediterranean basin would have been lower, or non existent, by the time the cats lived there

                                                                        • Rheagan Elaine
                                                                          Rheagan Elaine  3 hours back

                                                                          I’ve read that cats domesticated themselves.

                                                                          • spiddyman007
                                                                            spiddyman007  3 hours back

                                                                            I honestly don’t think we ever did

                                                                            • Christopher Donovan
                                                                              Christopher Donovan  3 hours back

                                                                              My cat was sacrificed for Satan

                                                                              • la la
                                                                                la la  3 hours back

                                                                                Neigh

                                                                                • Doctor Strange
                                                                                  Doctor Strange  3 hours back

                                                                                  Pretty sure cats rule over us but okay

                                                                                  • Chas Stiles
                                                                                    Chas Stiles  3 hours back

                                                                                    My cats demand reparations for domestication

                                                                                    • kobe1902
                                                                                      kobe1902  3 hours back

                                                                                      I only clicked because it said (twice) lmao

                                                                                      • squibbelings
                                                                                        squibbelings  3 hours back

                                                                                        🐈 I love my cats so much 😊 💙

                                                                                        • DankDa Gank
                                                                                          DankDa Gank  3 hours back

                                                                                          (Twice)? Lol did the first time fail?

                                                                                          • Jody Hakala
                                                                                            Jody Hakala  4 hours back

                                                                                            You are very pleasant to watch, engaging and beautiful, thanks for your wonderful explanrojji etc

                                                                                            • Angelica Andrade
                                                                                              Angelica Andrade  4 hours back

                                                                                              We literally have 8 cats.

                                                                                              • Trevor Downer
                                                                                                Trevor Downer  4 hours back

                                                                                                So what you’re saying is domestication basically controlled evolution?

                                                                                                • Ty Lulia
                                                                                                  Ty Lulia  4 hours back

                                                                                                  Just updated my patreon from $2 to $5. I got a raise so why not raise my support as well!