First domesticated cat
9,500-year-old cat
Cyprus (Shillourokambos)
The oldest archaeological evidence of the domestication of the cat dates back 9,500 years. The bones of a cat were discovered in the neolithic village of Shillourokambos on Cyprus. The position of the cat in the ground was next to the bones of a human, whose similar state of preservation strongly suggests they were buried together. The discovery was made by French scientists, led by Professor Jean Guilaine of the CNRS Centre d'Anthropologie in Toulouse, France, and announced in the journal Science in April 2004.