DNA study reveals pet cats originated in ancient Egypt and they owe their playful nature to the felines that travelled the world on trade routes 3,000 years ago
They often have a funny way of showing their affection, but domestic cats may owe their love of curling up on human laps to the ancient Egyptians.
A genetic study on feline remains dating back 9,000 years has revealed a lineage of cats from Egypt began spreading around the world around 3,000 years ago.
These creatures interbred with local animals and left distinct DNA that persist in our pets to this day.
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