How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

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A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world?
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6 nov. 2019




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The Macz1
The Macz1 Il y a 5 heures
Poor cat was murdered
KnowComment Il y a 6 heures
Just as a point of reference here regarding feral cats, when they were introduced to the Americas they wiped out several native species of bird. Wiped out as in extinct. With any other such introduction of a non-native species causing that much environmental damage we would have considered them a pest and had them eradicated. Just food for thought
Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis Il y a 9 heures
I want to go to Cyprus now
TornadoOfTerror _
TornadoOfTerror _ Il y a 11 heures
These cats are so adorable TvT
binyamin2021 Il y a 13 heures
@PBS Eons, I know you already made a video on Ediacran life, but could you make a video talking about the divergence of animals and fungi (or holozoa and holomycota?)?! Thank you!
1 minute ago
1 minute ago Il y a 13 heures
I hate cats
touraj azmoudeh
touraj azmoudeh Il y a 18 heures
but really DID WE?!!!
Ch L
Ch L Il y a 19 heures
Much peed on my playstation
Parker Addams
Parker Addams Il y a 20 heures
"we" domesticated cats. they chose this.
Canzandridas Joe
Canzandridas Joe Il y a 21 heure
I started with PBS Space Time, and now I'm hooked to PBS Eons... I don't really know if I want or should check if there're more
Balaji Ponnusamy
Balaji Ponnusamy Il y a 22 heures
Ancient human used cats to clean their mess within their settlements but what's happening today?
Casey Bourbon
Casey Bourbon Il y a jour
This is great mainstream media PBS...Now I can eliminate one explanation of how cats were "domesticated."
King Tua
King Tua Il y a jour
Can we domesticate crocodiles
Nickolas H
Nickolas H Il y a jour
Who else here is from Cyprus? We the kitty island of Europe. 😊🐱🐈
HiWetcam Il y a jour
See the disgusting bent spine ‘ideal’ German Shepherd pic at time 5:00?
Harry Lime
Harry Lime Il y a jour
Cats are still kill for thrill animals. That has never been bread out of them. They kill to kill, not just to eat.. Australia has a real problem with feral cats.. harmless animals in Australia that have lived there for thousands of years like the koala bear and the sloth are being wiped out by feral cats. it is not known how many species of indigenous animals that have lived in Australia for thousands of years have already been wiped out by the cat ...
xenomorph özkan n
xenomorph özkan n Il y a jour
I live in cyprus and ı have 5 cats
Wassoll Das
Wassoll Das Il y a jour
Is a cat actually "domesticated"? I mean, usualy we use "domesticated" on lifeforms, that have, from one point onwards, an evolution that is controlled by humans instead of nature and by this clearly differ to the non-domesticated variant by DNA. Humans domesticated wheat/corn and fruits and vegetables, horses and sheep and goats and dogs. But cats? If cats are domesticated, then the genepool of house cats would need to be different from the genepool of wild cats. Their genepool would need to be optimized for a life alongside humans. (Like dogs genepool is. Human took a wolf and cleansed the genepool from everything he doesnt like and then he picked very rare genetical traits that he liked and made them so common that every single dog has them. THATS what is called "Domesticated". Thats totaly different from "tame". "Tame" is = the animal has LEANED to exist alongside humans. "Domesticated" means, the animals DNA was altered to perfectly exist alongside humans. Thats why one usualy warns from "tame" wild animals. BEcause their DNA is still wild, they can suddenly turn back to wild behavior. Domesticated animals should have that behavior removed from their genepool. At least mostly.
EbuHasan sabbah
EbuHasan sabbah Il y a jour
Human cant domesticate cats cats domesticates humans
Bahrain Il y a jour
9500 years ago he had a boat !! How did he get to Cyprus
scotttufts Il y a jour
Think about the 18 hundreds where cats will hunt rabbits and flay them for you oh wait that was 1997 for me
Photo Finish
Photo Finish Il y a jour
This story is just one big play on words.
Photo Finish
Photo Finish Il y a jour
Dumping grounds, just like the British dumping pigeons everywhere.
frep you
frep you Il y a jour
are you sure the cats did not domesticate humans ^_-
Shadow Realm
Shadow Realm Il y a jour
Cars rule the word
Agustin Mario Quiroga
You guys got anything on the peopling of the Americas ?
Lorkhanable Il y a jour
I have a question for a video! Why do some Asian peoples have thin eyes?
Peter Walker
Peter Walker Il y a jour
Yes well, if they were 10 times larger our relationship with them would be somewhat different ...
mr spring
mr spring Il y a jour
Do a video on evolution of ants
TANGT2 Il y a jour
I saw a feral cat in a plantation yesterday, I was happy to see cats living in natural habitats.
Sujay Shah
Sujay Shah Il y a jour
Cats: "How We Domesticated Humans (Twice)"
Maxenne Dalgelish
Maxenne Dalgelish Il y a jour
pepe6666 Il y a jour
we domesticated them twice because they wanted in, then wanted out, then wanted in again
Marwan Mohammed
Marwan Mohammed Il y a jour
The cats chose us and we never chose them.there the boses
Ryan M
Ryan M Il y a jour
What is this guy talking about. There are way more than six hundred million people on the planet.
drtyrrant king
drtyrrant king Il y a jour
Leave that guys pet alone jezz
Michael Knight
Michael Knight Il y a jour
I am just going to say this and get it off my chest. This is a total ripoff of, "Today I found out"! Total rip off. I think if you look at the earlier episodes of that show though.... you have to say they are stupid. Hopefully this show gets it's own flavor.
Galactic Vixen
Galactic Vixen Il y a jour
Humans reading: *How we domesticated cats twice* Cats reading: *how we domesticated humans twice*
Romeishome Il y a jour
Ancient human: Hey cat. Domesticate? Ancient cat: I do what I want.
Buff Barnaby
Buff Barnaby Il y a jour
Cyprus is The Pentagon for cats...planning to take over the world.
Buff Barnaby
Buff Barnaby Il y a jour
I leave faucet dripping so if I die kitty has water. She loves faucet water.
Brenna Gilbertson
Brenna Gilbertson Il y a jour
so can we undomesticate them again pls
uhde1000 Il y a jour
So I have 5 cats and they are outdoor and indoor cats and if we leave home for weeks at a time they can survive on there own by hunting and eating they also make there own shelter but if they want they also come inside and chill with us and eat from the food we give them so are they domesticated or not?
Nikki With The Blog
They are definitely not domesticated lol. I had a house cat from birth and when I tell you that was a damn wild cat. Even after being neutered. He ran away after 4 years. Probably out here living his best life.
ZappaBlues Il y a jour
Right mew,..... groan
aron hallam
aron hallam Il y a jour
Buried with a man bun
Kia Brown
Kia Brown Il y a 2 jours
Cats have been here for thousands years I'm sure just like their cousin before them some have gone extinct sadly
Derek Leiro
Derek Leiro Il y a 2 jours
I feel like the relationship we have with cats is: you feed and provide shelter for me then I'll let you pet me
Francis Muir
Francis Muir Il y a 2 jours
Cats domesticate us in ways that are not mutually exclusive with our domestication of them. This happens often with companion animals. Livestock have less impact on their herders.
Kristinapedia Il y a 2 jours
Just because I cat has healed fracture’s does not mean it was healed by human. It probably healed on it’s own. They had no way to know the cat had a fracture because they didn’t have x-rays back then. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
Zach Kline
Zach Kline Il y a 2 jours
if there was a “domesticated cat” on that island buried with a man, that proves cats didn’t all come from one species of wild cat
Generał WP
Generał WP Il y a 12 heures
Jadin Andrews
Jadin Andrews Il y a 2 jours
We have never domesticated cats, they domesticated us
Rohan Ganguli
Rohan Ganguli Il y a 2 jours
this video should be called how we think we domesticated cats...
boludoescoces Il y a 2 jours
Slow down please!
Anthony Monegro
Anthony Monegro Il y a 2 jours
We??? Nah you.
Black Ice
Black Ice Il y a 2 jours
feralization and required socialization would indicate that cats were never domesticated and its a learned behavior out of generations of cohabitation convenience
PadMAD3k Il y a 2 jours
And the cats are like "How we've domesticated hoomans".
quokka flunk
quokka flunk Il y a 2 jours
cats would need domesticating twice
J'Dinkaledge Morgoon
J'Dinkaledge Morgoon Il y a 2 jours
single, middle aged women are responsible for the recent boom in cat population.
Kera Atkins
Kera Atkins Il y a 2 jours
Peeing in laundry baskets? Who lets their cat do that? Lol
Nikki With The Blog
Right lol
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