Ancient DNA Shows How Cats Took Over The World

Thousands of years before Hello Kitty and Grumpy Cat, some wild little felines and early farmers made a tacit deal: One side would act a bit docile and kill grain-raiding vermin, and the other would tolerate the cats' presence and let them eat scraps. That much has long been assumed about cat domestication. But a new study of DNA from the bones and teeth of more than 200 ancient cats reveals far more about when and how wild cats - solitary, reclusive and very ill-tempered - began to pad their way from the edges of civilisation into our homes and hearts.  
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