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Cat’s paw print found on Roman roof tile

A cat's paw print has been found on a 1st century A.D. Roman roof tile. After the wet clay had been moulded into shape, the tiles were spread out and left to dry before firing. It was while this tile was still wet that our prowling cat must have walked across it,

Digital model of cat mummy created

Researchers using photogrammetry technology and a CAT scanner have digitally recreated in 3D a model of an Egyptian mummified cat. By blending the digital model of the mummified cat with the internal CAT scan, the team were able to create an ‘outside and in’ animation of the entire artefact. The scan revealed

Chinese farmers also domesticated cats

New research suggests that in addition to the Near East and Egypt, farmers in China also domesticated cats. Were domestic cats brought to China over 5 000 years ago? Or were small cats domesticated in China at that time? There was no way of deciding between these two hypotheses until a

Cat paw prints found on Roman roof tiles

A cat's paw prints have been found on a first-century Roman roof tile found in Gloucester, England. "When Romans made roof tiles they left the wet clay out to dry in the sun," said a museum spokesman. "Animals, and people, sometimes walked across the drying tiles and left their footprints behind. "The cat

Cat domestication in Egypt pushed back by 2,000 years

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

Chinese farmers domesticated cats

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

Mummified cat found bricked up in “witching country”

The remains of a mummified cat have been found bricked up behind a wall in Lancashire. The site is close to the supposed location of Malkin Tower, a ruin whose name echoes the spectral witches' cat Graymalkin in Macbeth. Three wizards and 17 witches were alleged to have plotted there to

The History of the House Cat

Recent genetic and archaeological findings show that wildcats may have become house cats earlier, and in a different place, than previously thought. It is by turns aloof and affectionate, serene and savage, endearing and exasperating. Despite its mercurial nature, however, the house cat is the most popular pet in the world.