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Cat's Cradle? New find pushes back origin of tamed felines

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10:29am, April 7, 2004

Researchers have often given Egyptians living around 4,000 years ago credit for having first domesticated wildcats and then bred the tame felines. However, discoveries on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus indicate that people domesticated felines there by about 9,500 years ago, long before the cat-worshipping Egyptians' time.

Working among the remains of Shillourokambos, a village on Cyprus that was inhabited between 10,300 and 9,000 years ago, a team led by archaeologist Jean-Denis Vigne of the CNRS-National Museum of Natural History i

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