China trumps Near East for signs of most ancient farm cats

Earliest evidence found for grain as a force in feline domestication

WILD START  The puzzle of how the skittish loners of wild Felis silvestris (one shown) evolved to become one of the world’s most popular pets has taken a new twist. The discovery of ancient farm cats in China indicates that grain agriculture played an important role in feline domestication. 

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