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Homeland of all domestic cats found

July 3 2007
10:37

American and British scientists have concluded that the ancestors of domestic cats appeared in the Middle East.

Scientists believe that cat domestication occurred 7-9 thousand years ago in Sredizemnomore.Odin member of the research group Carlos Driscoll of Oxford University said that, perhaps, all domestic cats have a common ancestor that emerged in the Middle East. In the East, cats have long been in a privileged position compared to Europe.

In Islam, the cat is very honored, the cat Muezza lived with the prophet Muhammad. Cat among the 12 animals whose names are the years of the Chinese calendar. In China, cats and their images were considered lucky.

According to an ancient Persian legend, the cat emerged from the sneeze of a lion. In Zoroastrianism, the ancient religion of the Persians, killing cats - such as a serious crime like murder.

In Russia, a domestic cat has appeared in about 10 th century and was considered a suitable animal for the inhabitants of the monastery. Tells Labor.

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