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Cat domestication in Egypt pushed back by 2,000 years

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The skeletons of six cats found in Egypt may push the date for cat domestication by 2,000 years.

The bones come from a cemetery for the wealthy in Hierakonpolis, which served as the capital of Upper Egypt in the era before the pharaohs. The cemetery was the resting place not just for human bones, but also for animals, which perhaps were buried as part of religious rituals or sacrifices. Archaeologists searching the burial grounds have found everything from baboons to leopards to hippopotamuses.

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Hierakonpolis Expedition

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