How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

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A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world?
Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
Julio Lacerda (who illustrated the Cyprus grave site):
Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica):
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  • Lee Barnhart
    Lee Barnhart5 minuta më parë

    I'm pretty sure if he thought he could get away with it my cat would kill me and eat me. What affection he does show is all part of the hunt.

  • Prem's Writing
    Prem's Writing7 minuta më parë

    we domesticated cats???

  • JCResonator
    JCResonator9 minuta më parë

    You got it wrong, Cats domesticated us!

  • Balázs Szűcs
    Balázs Szűcs12 minuta më parë

    We did not. Cats just let us hang out with them.

  • Canadian Food
    Canadian Food25 minuta më parë

    Did we ever really domesticate cats? Or do they just tolerate us?

  • R.C.B.
    R.C.B.25 minuta më parë

    You mean kind of domesticated

  • EGadZooks
    EGadZooks32 minuta më parë

    Let me guess, there is a 0% native bird population in Cyprus? Cats cause devastation to natural wildlife. Please stop letting your cat outside.

  • RRW
    RRW37 minuta më parë

    There's a typo in this title. What it should say is "How Cats Domesticated Us (Twice)".

  • Gunjit Kumar
    Gunjit Kumar48 minuta më parë


  • PC TechTips
    PC TechTips54 minuta më parë

    My cat likes hunting, kills rats, birds and bunnies every day :v

  • Ser Arthur Dayne
    Ser Arthur DayneOrë më parë

    Duuuude, please try to breathe in-between some words. This is unbearable to listen to

  • Gypsy_ Heart
    Gypsy_ HeartOrë më parë

    Cat island sounds like literal Heaven on earth

  • Mell Yea
    Mell YeaOrë më parë


  • jjintheflesh
    jjinthefleshOrë më parë


  • Prodigal Son
    Prodigal SonOrë më parë

    LMAO we did not domesticate cats cats domesticated us.

  • 토성
    토성Orë më parë

    Anyone watching this on your cat? XD

  • Ham Last
    Ham LastOrë më parë

    hipster buried with his cat... yeah checks out.

  • Giannis Dritsas
    Giannis DritsasOrë më parë

    In school we had a poem about how cats conquered Cyprus! Monks brought cats in Cyprus during byzantine years to fight the big population of mouses

  • Krumple Themal
    Krumple ThemalOrë më parë

    No no no, cats domesticated us, twice. We had no choice in the situation.

  • Menstrel
    MenstrelOrë më parë

    @0:12 Feed the cats to poor meat eaters. I hate cats and cat people.

  • James Alaska
    James AlaskaOrë më parë

    My cat's breath smells like cat food!

  • Alexander Bahn
    Alexander BahnOrë më parë

    I want to move to that island!

  • Hoodie Gamer
    Hoodie Gamer2 orë më parë

    Island with too many cats? Bruh I don’t have enough cats in my house send some over for a play date

  • Furzkampfbomber
    Furzkampfbomber2 orë më parë

    While watching this video, I've stopped it three times, because my cat wanted something to eat and then decided to take a walk outside, only to want back in two minutes later, requiring me to stop the video and to get up each time. I really wonder who actually got domesticated here.

  • xUdieToox
    xUdieToox2 orë më parë

    Kinda reminds me of how women domesticated the male population lol

  • xUdieToox
    xUdieToox2 orë më parë

    600,000,000? *challenge accepted. Must pet all the kitties*

  • Don G
    Don G2 orë më parë

    Do a video on the la brea tar pits

  • azulgaia
    azulgaia2 orë më parë

    Well, thank you Hank Green!

  • global nonsense
    global nonsense2 orë më parë

    Cat's domesticated humans Thay got us doing all the work paying the bills and cooking every night

  • Ash Villain
    Ash Villain2 orë më parë

    Somewhere, sometime, it involved "ks ks ks ks".

  • Brandy Zoch
    Brandy Zoch2 orë më parë

    "Ancient Kitties" I giggled so much

  • Derek McCumber
    Derek McCumber3 orë më parë

    95% of all comments here are a variation on "cats are not domesticated" and every single person posting thinks they're the one being clever.

  • Creativid Studios
    Creativid Studios3 orë më parë

    Jeez for a sec I thought I prob accidentally increased the playback speed. This dude should run an auction

  • Puff Puff
    Puff Puff3 orë më parë

    Hopefully one day I'll have my very own cat :D

  • Colorlessie
    Colorlessie3 orë më parë

    Cats>people Don't @ me

  • KPalz Rhein
    KPalz Rhein3 orë më parë

    Conclusion, you have a killer in your home

  • Jay Arre
    Jay Arre3 orë më parë

    There was no planet 4,000 years before Egypt. Cats are not domesticated, they can live in the wild without human support. PBS is...trash?

  • kyler baumgart
    kyler baumgart3 orë më parë

    Is it just me or does anyone zone out the the guy speaking, anytime a cat comes on the screen ?

  • Lerge Workman
    Lerge Workman3 orë më parë

    Only 600,000,000 cats? I hate that we outnumber them 10 to 1. Something needs to tip those scales.

  • Dylan J.
    Dylan J.3 orë më parë


  • Cheng Wang
    Cheng Wang3 orë më parë

    I once brought a stray cat home. But then my dog got too jealous. After a few days still didn’t work out. So I moved the cat out and shut the door. After a few meows, it left. Then not long after, I saw this cat again in the street, it took a look at me and then looked away, as if it didn’t know me at all.

  • Daniel Brooker
    Daniel Brooker3 orë më parë

    My family has owned many cats over the years, and never once have we had a litter box. They all have always asked to go outside to do they're business.

  • Scucci Mane
    Scucci Mane3 orë më parë

    So the cat was buried with a 9500 year old hipster?

  • Casual Killa
    Casual Killa4 orë më parë

    Who else checked their playback speed when the vid started

  • Lead Guitarist
    Lead Guitarist4 orë më parë

    Am I the only one that loves the fact cats seem dark and uncaring?

  • Matthew Balderama
    Matthew Balderama4 orë më parë

    meanwhile on some part of the planet, there's a cat laughing and thinking "bold of these humans to think that they actually domesticated us."

  • Bayek Of Siwa
    Bayek Of Siwa4 orë më parë

    Did Ancient Egyptians domesticate the cat? i know the Aryans domesticated the dog.

  • Thiru Navukkarasu
    Thiru Navukkarasu4 orë më parë

    CATs : How We Domesticated Humans ...

  • Andrew Oriez
    Andrew Oriez4 orë më parë

    Pretty sure cats domesticated themselves........

  • Santiagoaway
    Santiagoaway4 orë më parë

    why did they give the cyprus guy a man bun lmao

  • Rescz Gélic
    Rescz Gélic4 orë më parë

    Right meow...

  • Luis GO V
    Luis GO V4 orë më parë

    So this is how men where catificied.

  • Bridgett Backer
    Bridgett Backer4 orë më parë

    Cats self-domesticated. They saw a free meal ticket and a warm bed and moved in.

  • Birdie 5
    Birdie 55 orë më parë

    More like how cats tricked humans into thinking they domesticated them. Twice.

  • Freelectron
    Freelectron5 orë më parë

    get your facts right. cats are the only pet we keep that we have not been able to domesticate. they just choose to live with us.

  • Resshuken
    Resshuken5 orë më parë

    study shown that cat people have higher IQ than dog people. well of course cat's choose the smartest servant while Dogs choose a dumb Master.

  • R VW
    R VW5 orë më parë

    video starts at 5:18

  • Xeonophon
    Xeonophon5 orë më parë

    cats decimate bird and rodent populations.....and anything they cat catch and kill.

  • Newby Ton
    Newby Ton5 orë më parë

    Cats: Knocking stuff down off counters since 6000 BC

  • ゆい714
    ゆい7145 orë më parë

    Does a species have to be domesticated to be compatible with humans in a household? The wildcat seems pretty compatible with no further evolution at all. You can't even find videos on the internet comparing wildcats with domesticated ones. I'm sure some domestication has occurred as adaptation (such as a decrease in aggression), but that it wasn't necessary for our interspecies companionship. A household isn't exactly taking anything away from their wild lives if the cat has freedom to go outside as it pleases. Cats cooped up indoors go stir-crazy like a lot of species do (ourselves included). They don't evolve from vicious predators who kill people like dogs do. They don't need to change much at all. We didn't domesticate them. y There wasn't an effort to change them. We simplchanged their environment so they could be in our lives and a side-effect of that change was evolution. Their survivability and reproductive success in foreign human habitats automatically favors the traits we want. It's the same way humans continue to domesticate ourselves in society and gradually lose less favorable traits in regards to reproductive success (survivability being guaranteed outside of chance in first-world society and is no longer a factor in our evolution of a species in these regions).

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