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?
Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
Julio Lacerda (who illustrated the Cyprus grave site):
Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica):
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6 nov. 2019




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Cenk Dinc
Cenk Dinc Il y a 2 heures
cat arent fans of water my cat: *takes a bath with me* me: well yes also no
JohntechFL Il y a jour
600,000,000 seems low honestly.
Kelly McKinney
Kelly McKinney Il y a jour
Have we domesticated the cat ever. Maybe the cats domesticated us.
Georgia Craig
Georgia Craig Il y a jour
cats saw that we had fires and food and thought oh this is the life and never left
Jelly Il y a jour
Uuuh Meow
Grendorf Il y a 2 jours
you got it backwards, the cats obviously domesticated the apes.
tahuaroa Il y a 2 jours
this is GOLD!!!
SNoop420 Il y a 2 jours
Dog:I luv u hooman Cats:Feed me or die
Eyedubya1001 Il y a 3 jours
Another delightful video
Dragon Slayer
Dragon Slayer Il y a 3 jours
Sylvester: Tho that's where I got my name!
E DJ Il y a 3 jours
Next: how we domesticated humans
mica davis
mica davis Il y a 3 jours
Wait a minute, what was that about baboon feat B in the Egyptian excavation diagram?
Titanus Rodan
Titanus Rodan Il y a 4 jours
7:22 "Cats have Achieved World Domination" Real Wholesome
Kain James
Kain James Il y a 4 jours
Cats are not domesticated . Not completely anyway . Also cats are quite pointless and should all be put down .
Antony Bellingham
Antony Bellingham Il y a 4 jours
WOW, remarkable preserved man and cat, even got their clothes on.
Nepse 76
Nepse 76 Il y a 5 jours
In Cypros, it started with some cats taken over by boat from Turkey. After 9000 years, guess what?
squirrel Il y a 6 jours
Humans are a bigger infestation than cats. 500+ million cats vs 8+ billion humans
Uuber _og
Uuber _og Il y a 6 jours
Me : * clicks video * Cat : It’s is true young one...
Eric King
Eric King Il y a 7 jours
may god bless and keep you always: good people
Seamus Holmberg - Chappell
Felis catus?? What happened to familiarus?
KvAT Il y a 7 jours
How cats domesticated humans
Sarah Hopkins
Sarah Hopkins Il y a 7 jours
My cat watched this with me and looked very smug the entire time
Kaloian Ivanov
Kaloian Ivanov Il y a 7 jours
Takkar from FarCry Primal domesticated them all
Tarrabyte Il y a 9 jours
Did anybody just randomly get like a recommendation by this channel from this video?I liked it but I'm just like why are my recommendations recommending me here?
Fred Geno
Fred Geno Il y a 9 jours
Cats on ships keep mice down
Company loves misery
Company loves misery Il y a 9 jours
I used to love cats. I used to think they were far more intelligent and clean than dogs. Having lived with my girlfriend's cat for several months now... cats are some of the most obnoxious things that have ever lived. At least in domesticated settings. Like every wild animal, they play a role in a wild ecosystem.
Mats F.
Mats F. Il y a 10 jours
Well it was punishable by death to hurt cats in the Egyptian era, they were offered gold and milk by people, and then at the later ages of their life they got mummified which was sacred thing for higher people.
Yaki Gesher-Zion
Yaki Gesher-Zion Il y a 10 jours
Cats are all over Greece Cyprus and Israel
OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria
OlioBGMOTI - Bulgaria Il y a 10 jours
I asked myself the same questions just a few minutes ago and couldnt fall asleep. 3 am thoughts be like
NotGeo Il y a 10 jours
Ive been in cyprus there are a lot of cats a lot evry 100m u can find a cat
veritum Il y a 10 jours
0:34 Two Bros chilling in a dug grave 5 feet apart coz they're best friend
CATlord Il y a 11 jours
i live in cyprus lol
Christian Il y a 12 jours
Ok it's cute that they buried them together, but did they wait for it to die or did they kill it?
Licht Il y a 12 jours
Ancient kitties :3
Sylph Sylph
Sylph Sylph Il y a 12 jours
kinnnda unlucky for 2 cats do have some..quirk like closing the light switch if they find it annoying but peeing on the laundry? really? ,you mustve got the worst of the bunch x)
ベジータ Il y a 13 jours
I hate all pets in general but video is quite nice.
Princess Cove
Princess Cove Il y a 13 jours
The Egyptians were smart, they knew there was something special about cats, if a pet cat died the family would go into a similar state of mourning as if a family member died. See that's what a cat needs, not treats like dogs, they need respect
Luật Dương
Luật Dương Il y a 13 jours
Cat actually domesticated us to feed them and provide shelter. It's all their masterplan. That's why you see cats looking at you everywhere you go because they keep surveillance to ensure maximum cooperation. I need to go, my cat is wak
Виктория Ассорова
В Кипре найдено захоронение 9 500-летнее, которое представляет собой одно из старейших известных в мире свидетельств общения между людьми и кошками. Захоронение представляет собой, захоронение кошки и человека. Но когда начались эти тесные отношения между людьми и кошками? И как люди помогли кошкам захватить мир? Большое спасибо художникам за то, что они позволили нам использовать их замечательные иллюстрации: Хулио Ласерда (который проиллюстрировал захоронение на Кипре): и Цери Томас Произведено в сотрудничестве с PBS Digital Studios: Супер особая благодарность людям помогавшим в создании этого видео: Кэти Фихтнер, Энтони Каллаган, Джина Виглиетти, Лаура Санборн, Джек Арбакл, Дэвид Сьюэлл, Антон Брил, Бен Торсон, Андрей, MissyElliottSmith, Сверкающий Спенсер, Захари Спенсер, Стефан Вебер, Илья Мурашов, Роберт Амлон Лонг, По Мерри Снейдман, Джон Ванек, Эсмеральда Рупп-Спангл, Грегори Донован, Габриэль Кортез, Маркус Лежон, Роберт Аревало, Роберт Хилл, Тодд Диттман, Бетси Рэдли, PS, Филипп Слингерланд, Эрик Вонк, Хенрик Петери, Джонатан Райт, Джон Монтейро, Джеймс Бординг, Брэд Николлс, Майлз Частон, Майкл Макклеллан, Джефф Грэм, Мария Хамфри, Натан Пэкетт, Коннор Дженсен, Дайсуке Гото, Хьюберт Рэди, Грегори Кинц, Тайсон Клири, Чендлер Басс, Жоао Аскенсао, Тси Ли, Алекс Ян
EGO ANDREAS Il y a 14 jours
Most of us in Cyprus Love cats. It's true that they have become a trademark of the island
Κύπρος γη Γατική !
Marc Duncan
Marc Duncan Il y a 15 jours
We haven't domesticated them we think we have they stick around for easy food that's it.
puking emoji
puking emoji Il y a 15 jours
Imagine if dinosaur and human co exist at the same time and we domesticated them
Airheuènegé A air
Airheuènegé A air Il y a 16 jours
they were insane big, the back leg were strong
WSProductions Il y a 16 jours
8 month old!!!!! That’s tooo Young! I’m sad now
ZIEGLER MONSTER Il y a 16 jours
you did a great job
S Lauko
S Lauko Il y a 17 jours
I like cats
Neal Campion
Neal Campion Il y a 18 jours
Cat: walks into human village looking for food Human: so you have chosen, DOMESTICATION!
Rando Badando
Rando Badando Il y a 18 jours
We didn't domesticate cats, cats domesticated us. Twice.
DK Dempcey Knight DK
DK Dempcey Knight DK Il y a 18 jours
"Who wants chicken, who wants liver? Meow Mix Meow Mix please deliver! " Go ahead I dare ya to sing that commercial in my house! See, hear, experience what happens!
SnK Views
SnK Views Il y a 18 jours
The only idea I got out of this was, were there really guys who sported the man-bun back in the day?
Mig Caro
Mig Caro Il y a 18 jours
no thst cat died with a human sacrifice beside it
LeKnight Studios
LeKnight Studios Il y a 19 jours
Is that an ocelot
Orion Tomashevska
Orion Tomashevska Il y a 19 jours
Dogs: our best friends Cats: our overlords
Jake Ryker
Jake Ryker Il y a 19 jours
Humans: Well, the dogs helped us a lot... let's try cats. Cats: 💤😴 Is it time to eat yet?
Era Aion
Era Aion Il y a 21 jour
When you said "Millet" you showed a picture of corn kernels, smooth.
Onyxx Productions
Onyxx Productions Il y a 22 jours
I always try to imagine the first human to ever see a kitten... awwwww
Lost Aquarian
Lost Aquarian Il y a 22 jours
That cat killed that guy, that's why they're together, locked to the death.
A Biss
A Biss Il y a 23 jours
Maybe our pet cats should treat us a little bit more with respect, You hear that Benny.
Chiks Il y a 25 jours
More like how cats domesticated us
fausto123 Il y a 25 jours
I live with 23 of those 600.000.000 cats
Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie Il y a 26 jours
they're cute
Adam Cajander
Adam Cajander Il y a 28 jours
This man talks like he's reading an encyclopedia at 3x normal conversation speed. It's so dry. Attenborough, where you at bro?
Modern Witch
Modern Witch Il y a 29 jours
It's not a coincidence that Goddess Venus being born in Cyprus has many cats in the cats symbolizes femininity.
Sunlion Il y a mois
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.” - Christopher Hitchens
JohnDoe080283 Il y a mois
wake up!! they domestiCATed us (twice)!!!!
Jojo Il y a mois
Dogs: loyal till the end Cats: feed me
Somaya Raj
Somaya Raj Il y a mois
clarkewi Il y a mois
Chiara Bond
Chiara Bond Il y a mois
Tensai55 Il y a mois
If cats are peeing anywhere other than the litter box, there's a problem. The litter box might need to be cleaned more often. You might need an additional litter box (a general rule of thumb is 2 for one cat, then an additional 1 for *each* cat after that). They might have a urinary tract infection (cats are prone to these). Or it might be a result of any other number of things - especially if they're declawed.
Adam Francis
Adam Francis Il y a mois
It seems dogs are fully domesticated. Cats are only partially domesticated. A Cat goes out solo, patrols a territory and will still kill prey, no matter how well fed ...
Wolfpaw #
Wolfpaw # Il y a mois
I love cats and dogs. I like how the history of this. they hunted for us back then now here they are. Cats are here with us now
Wolfpaw #
Wolfpaw # Il y a mois
Ok cat video we’re are the cat haters 😡. Because I see lost of people say that cats are Heratless THARE NOT cats are sassy and. I love it
Paladin Rense
Paladin Rense Il y a mois
They don't wanna be fed, they wanna hunt
A S Il y a mois
I looooovee tabby cats!!
Cypher791 Il y a mois
“For some reason these people let us sleep in front of the fire all day in exchange for nothing..”
Grabaciones de Siwkann
Where is twice? -1
William Kapelanski
William Kapelanski Il y a mois
"ancient kitties"
Sena T
Sena T Il y a mois
Me looking at my cats and thinking: How we failed domesticating cats (twice)?
Charlymaumushi Il y a mois
Tricky. They are still not domesticated. XD
Rough collies
Rough collies Il y a mois
My cat definitely domesticated me
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