Cats are an extreme outlier among domestic animals

Enlarge / Scientists tracked cat genetics partly by studying the evolution of the "blotched tabby," pictured here in excruciatingly cute detail. (credit: Anne)

People who live with cats like to joke about how these small fuzzy creatures are still wild, basically training us rather than the other way around. Now a new genetic study of ancient cat DNA reveals that we are basically right. Cats were not domesticated in the same way dogs, cows, pigs, and goats were. They have lived among us,...

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