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Chinese farmers domesticated cats

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New evidence found at a farming village in China’s Shaanxi province suggest that ancient farmers in the area domesticated cats.

“Results of this study show that the village of Quanhucun was a source of food for the cats 5,300 years ago, and the relationship between humans and cats was commensal, or advantageous for the cats,” Marshall said. “Even if these cats were not yet domesticated, our evidence confirms that they lived in close proximity to farmers, and that the relationship had mutual benefits.”

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Story: Gerry Everding, Washington University in St. Louis | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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