Topic ID #3652 - posted 6/16/2008 5:24 PM

Feline geneticist traces origin of the cat.

Charlie Hatchett

Posted by: Paul H. (IP Logged)
Date: June 14, 2008 06:23PM

Feline geneticist traces origin of the cat. by Emily Zeugner,
Associated Press / USA Today:

"AP: Feline geneticists say cats "domesticated themselves."

On the Trail of the Cat, Scientists Find Surprises, Washington
Post, by Rob Stein:

"...cats came closer to human populations and kind of domesticated

Dr. Lyon's Homepage -

Feline Genome Project -

It is interesting that a cat expert has the last of "Lyons".

Domesticated but never fully tamed -

"Unlike other domestic animals, which were tamed by people, cats
probably domesticated themselves, which explains a lot about the
haughty independence of their modern descendants."

Cats are not as domestic as you might think," says Leslie Lyons,
veterinary genetics researcher and team leader at UC, Davis.
"They are probably allowing you to live with them, not the other
way around."

The research is:

Lipinski, M. J., L. Froenicke, K. C. Baysac, N. C. Billings, C. M.
Leutenegger, M. Levy, M. Longeri, T. Niini, H. Ozpinar, M. R.
Slater, N. C. Pedersen, and L. A. Lyons, 2008, The ascent of cat
breeds: Genetic evaluations of breeds and worldwide random-bred
populations. Genomics, voo. 91, no. 1, pp. 12-21.
doi:10.1016/j.ygeno.2007.10.009 - []


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