Thursday, March 24, 2022

Funniest Animals Videos - Best Cute Cats and Crazy Dogs Videos 2022! #4

The domestic cat is a member of the Felidae, a family that had a common ancestor about 10-15 million years ago. The genus Felis diverged from other Felidae around 6-7 million years ago. Results of phylogenetic research confirm that the wild Felis species evolved through sympatric or parapatric speciation, whereas the domestic cat evolved through artificial selection. The so-called domesticated cat and its closest wild ancestor are diploid and both possess 38 chromosomes and roughly 20,000 genes. The leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) was tamed independently in China around 5500 BC. This line of partially domesticated cats leaves no trace in the so-called domestic cat populations of today.

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