House Cat Origin Traced to Middle Eastern Wildcat Ancestor
"It's plausible that the ancient (domestic cat) lineages were present in the wildcat populations back as far as 70,000 or 100,000 years ago."
- Stephen O'Brien, study co-author
Oxford, England, UK - Cat fanciers have long known that their feline friends have wild origins.
Now scientists have identified the house cat's maternal ancestors and traced them back to the Fertile Crescent.