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 • 3 395

  • CinereoTheRogue
    CinereoTheRogue  9 minutes back

    Mad respect for the meow pun, great execution!

    • pokijh jjjoo
      pokijh jjjoo  10 minutes back

      also goats are domesticated

      • Allan E Shady
        Allan E Shady  14 minutes back

        Sounds more like the cats domesticated us

        • Ayella Balmoi Brian
          Ayella Balmoi Brian  38 minutes back

          Wow... People can actually research

          • Ryan McKnight
            Ryan McKnight  40 minutes back

            Can't we just cut to the chase and blame it on climate change?

            • SamBoy115
              SamBoy115  2 hours back

              Guys just use raw fish and crouch next to the cat to domesticated them!

              • MisterNarrador
                MisterNarrador  2 hours back

                there is no science behind it. cats love meet, humans hunt and bring meet, humans shares with cat, cat loves meet and now his new domesticated human pet.

                • John Johnson
                  John Johnson  2 hours back

                  So, are humans domestic or wild?

                  • John Johnson
                    John Johnson  2 hours back

                    KITTIES!! 😍

                    • Sujay Shah
                      Sujay Shah  2 hours back

                      Year 3000: "How we made cats famous on internet"

                      • Fox 8ball
                        Fox 8ball  2 hours back

                        Cats are not domesticated by any means they are all still feral. Cats are smart enough that they use hoomans for they're own ends

                        • COIL Universe
                          COIL Universe  2 hours back

                          When the cat passed away, the bearded man was sacrificed to be buried with the cat as a means to accompany the cat in the afterlife.

                          • Steve Finesse
                            Steve Finesse  3 hours back

                            Humans are a really interesting species instead of just loving and caring for their own they just have to have a pet cat , dog , wolf , tiger , lion , bear etc the list goes on and some of these habits can be dangerous when dealing with wild predators but that’s the way of humans

                            • nljh
                              nljh  3 hours back

                              Resume: get your cats neutered :)

                              • Johnny Kababayan
                                Johnny Kababayan  3 hours back

                                I love this!!

                                • Zahari Yasidsson
                                  Zahari Yasidsson  3 hours back

                                  we didn't. they are just too sneaky to gamble away the chance to get servant, home and food...for free

                                  • Trix
                                    Trix  3 hours back

                                    4:23 what is this noise? xD

                                    • frattaro
                                      frattaro  3 hours back

                                      Do a video about how the cambrian explosion is mathematically near-impossible with neodarwinian evolution alone, and what alternative theories there are.

                                      • Manny Tiburcio
                                        Manny Tiburcio  3 hours back

                                        As much as we want to think we own our cat or dog we are a slave to them because who feeds them and cleans them and cleans up after them us. In conclusion we are a slave to our pets

                                        • Vaantasy
                                          Vaantasy  4 hours back

                                          egyptian pharaoh : 🐍💀🌋🌠🌅🕯️🔆
                                          cat : meow

                                          • SaintSanity
                                            SaintSanity  4 hours back

                                            In my eyes we feed them and in turn they let us look at them

                                            • Saddam Hussein
                                              Saddam Hussein  4 hours back

                                              TREES DOMESTICATED HUMANS. WE ARE ALL FOOLED BY OUR GOVERMENTS. NOT REPTILIANS, NOT ILLUMINATI *BUT TREES* think about it. it makes sense !

                                              • obyybo
                                                obyybo  4 hours back

                                                0.75x speed worth

                                                • 24/7 NukeCity
                                                  24/7 NukeCity  4 hours back

                                                  This video will be on the recommended list in about 5-10 years. See you guys then!!

                                                  • jusA Pro
                                                    jusA Pro  5 hours back

                                                    I still hate cats

                                                    • Dan Marrero
                                                      Dan Marrero  5 hours back

                                                      I had like 5 different cats living in my shed at one point. they're climb in thru the openings by the roof so theyd come and go whenever they wanted. I didnt mind them but my parents hated them always being in our yard and shed haha

                                                      • Ch'khan Hodge
                                                        Ch'khan Hodge  5 hours back

                                                        Let It Outside You'll See How Domesticated It Really Is!😭😭😭😭🤣🤣😂😂😂

                                                        • David Dubious
                                                          David Dubious  5 hours back

                                                          Well Sssufferin sssucatash!

                                                          • K Krause
                                                            K Krause  5 hours back

                                                            Is that why hes called Sylvester the Cat??????

                                                            • WOAH
                                                              WOAH  6 hours back

                                                              It is not confirmed that ancient Egypt existed 5000 years ago. In fact it pretty much proven just not accepted that it is older.

                                                              • Louie Watson
                                                                Louie Watson  6 hours back

                                                                Cats are @$$holes

                                                                • Jason Collins
                                                                  Jason Collins  6 hours back

                                                                  Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.

                                                                  • Alex Dobre
                                                                    Alex Dobre  6 hours back

                                                                    Sooooo, that means that around IX century cat cuteness appeared too?

                                                                    • Chad
                                                                      Chad  6 hours back

                                                                      Thank you for educating me

                                                                      • Liyingbemo
                                                                        Liyingbemo  6 hours back

                                                                        Cat's are the best😻

                                                                        • Danvil
                                                                          Danvil  6 hours back

                                                                          Cats, bother feral and domesticated are responsible for the catastrophic collapse of the wild bird population. I know many cat owners who stubbornly refuse to put a bell etc. on their cat’s collar to give birds a short warning for survival, yet most of these same cat owners consider themselves “animal lovers”. I hope you all recognize yourselves.

                                                                          • neosapiens
                                                                            neosapiens  7 hours back

                                                                            If you have a cat, your home STINKS.

                                                                            • Thicc_xan
                                                                              Thicc_xan  7 hours back

                                                                              Imagine losing twice and being held as a dumb mean rodent

                                                                              • Mark Nessim
                                                                                Mark Nessim  7 hours back

                                                                                Egypt first

                                                                                • DrewGG
                                                                                  DrewGG  7 hours back

                                                                                  d o u b l e d o m e s t i c a t i o n

                                                                                  • catbloc
                                                                                    catbloc  7 hours back

                                                                                    Cats aren't domesticated, though. They're just extremely tamed.

                                                                                    • Daniel K
                                                                                      Daniel K  7 hours back

                                                                                      What about bengals

                                                                                      • Tom
                                                                                        Tom  7 hours back

                                                                                        This is how humans were domisticated as well

                                                                                        • Chestnut Titor
                                                                                          Chestnut Titor  7 hours back

                                                                                          "By the 19th century, we think, people started to selectively breed for more variation in markings and colors."

                                                                                          By the 19th century, if animal breeders or cat fanciers had been selectively breeding cats, shouldn't there be some surviving historical proof of the process (meeting notes from cat-lovers' societies, etc)?

                                                                                          Unless the show is referring to the 19th century BC, which seems oddly specific and unlikely...

                                                                                          • Scott B
                                                                                            Scott B  7 hours back

                                                                                            Hmm.was it by keeping them in captivity and breeding the most friendly of the devil's?

                                                                                            • Lauren Perez
                                                                                              Lauren Perez  8 hours back

                                                                                              does anyone know what breed of cat at 4:44???????????

                                                                                              • Emmi
                                                                                                Emmi  8 hours back

                                                                                                Did you ever make a video about how dinosaurs are related to avians and reptiles?

                                                                                                • Jackson Salyer Behr
                                                                                                  Jackson Salyer Behr  8 hours back

                                                                                                  “felis catus” nice , very original