Archaeologists have known that cats and humans have had a relationship that goes back a long ways – eight to ten thousand years, to give numbers. That’s about when agriculture first appeared in the Fertile Crescent. However, actually domestication of cats took longer. And that’s just what the cats wanted.

A new study by the University of Leuven and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences used DNA to look closely at cat domestication. They found that full domestication was slow. DNA samples from 200 cats dating across the past 9,000 years revealed modern domestic cats come from two lineages of Felis silvestris lybica, a subspecies of wildcat. The first lineage was an Asian population, which likely were mousers for Fertile Crescent granaries. These cats traveled with humans into Europe as early as 4,400 BCE.

The second feline lineage was traced back to ancient Egypt. The cat-worshippers. This lineage came to Europe around 1,500 BCE. When the Asian and the African lineages met, they began to mix, and develop into the domestic cat we would recognize today.







Fun fact: Egyptian gods do not have ‘animal heads’. The depictions of gods are meant to contain a duality, as is important in Egyptian Religion (life/death, red land/black land, chaos/order, human/animal). So when you see, say, Anubis with a man’s body and a Jackal head it represents both his human form and his Jackal form, meaning he might appear in either form. But never as a human with a Jackal head. That is only something you’d see on temple walls for the duality aspect.

How di you know??

I mean it sounds likely but where are you getting your information from?

I’m an Egyptologist? This is literally my job.

But if you want a source, read: Silverman, D. (1991) Divinity and Deities in Ancient Egypt, In J. Baines, L. Lesko, & D. Silverman, Religion in
Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths and Personal Practice
. Ithaca and
London: Cornell University Press. 7-87.

Thanks for the sources.

I had just never heard about that fact before.

No worries! (I realise I put a full stop instead of an exclamation mark at the end of “this is literally my job” which might have sounded harsh, so I apologise!)

I definitely thought you were being accused of being an Egyptian god



I am thy wife, O great one– do not leave me!
Is it thy good pleasure, O my brother, that I should go far from thee?
How can it be that I go away alone?
I say: ‘I accompany thee, O thou who didst like to converse with me,’
But thou remainest silent and speakest not!

This makes me think of Thor and Loki from the various ‘verses in which I imagine them as married. So beautiful. I always hoped Loki would go to Valhalla first. He shouldn’t have to go on after losing his brother-husband.