How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)
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:
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Ceri Thomas (who illustrated Felis silvestris lybica):
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  • Spencerrr

    Can we please get a video like this about modern Dogs

  • ögåmês

    Of course I got a cats movie commercial as an ad

  • Mike Emmons
    Mike Emmons

    A simple video on the history of cats, and there is a war in the comments section. Pathetically stereotypical.

  • Syberclone

    human companion was buried with it

  • swgeezer

    I can't believe they made a very well produced scientific history of cats without informing people that domestic cats are THE main cause for declines in native songbird populations. When your kitty is outside, it's an invasive species, and collectively killing more native birds than ALL OTHER factors COMBINED! At least in Australia, they are killing feral cats. If you make your cat stay outside, you shouldn't have one. I hope someone takes it away from you.

  • Mike H
    Mike H

    The cats endgame? Watch Love, Death + 🤖 🤖 🤖: How to tame a cat, for the answer. Hint: apparently the third time wasn't a charm.

  • Kosmic

    Long live our kitty overlords 😻

  • Peluso


  • YK Chan
    YK Chan

    We domesticated cats or cats domesticated us?

  • Cody Petersen
    Cody Petersen

    Can you do a video of Australia animals

  • Ex Tyger
    Ex Tyger

    Cats are superior to dogs.

  • mintbluberry

    Please do an episode on the history of eggs! (Both the shelled kind and the mammalian kind please!) 🐣

  • Cocaine Minaj
    Cocaine Minaj

    Awe kitties

  • Daniel Vazjav
    Daniel Vazjav

    Talk about the strange creatures of every period in the Cenozoic era!

  • meesalikeu

    one thing is for sure, cats domesticated the internet

  • Tizona Amanthia
    Tizona Amanthia


  • Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface
    Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface

    Right Meow? That supposed to be some kind of joke at my expense? OFFENDED!

  • Dan Ness
    Dan Ness

    I suspect that 8 month old cat did something that killed both of them and scattered seashells all over the floor. Just sayin.

  • Aydin Barnbrook
    Aydin Barnbrook

    Honestly I think Schools would love to show this. Maybe even just get them to rewatch your videos or some of them. Honestly there are a lot better teachers on youtube than public schools. Your videos are perfect for elementary, kids would love to see this kind of stuff in my opinion.

  • Frεε Heart and Paw Necklace on my Profile
    Frεε Heart and Paw Necklace on my Profile

    Much gorgeous! 🐾💖

  • Weekly Dive Dose
    Weekly Dive Dose

    Very interesting, but you’re wrong from the title...cats have domesticated us 😅😉

  • wheelmanstan

    that's why cats are awesome, they still look like their ancestors, therefore still capable and amazing, with the exception of persians and munchkins which are man-made abominations, how's that even legal, it's sad

  • Le Visionarium
    Le Visionarium

    Humans DID NOT domesticate cats. Cats domesticated themselves.

  • oOoHCGoOo

    Cats be havin' sex super quick. You'll here a quick RAWR!!! and then they're done.

  • Desert Moon
    Desert Moon

    They will never be fully domesticated they should stay in the wild where they belong

  • AisforInterval

    This might be an odd topic, but would it be possible to cover the evolution of diseases? Like the oldest known ailments found in fossils, to the mysterious emergence of the bubonic plague? Or if that's not enough to work with, you could cover the evolution of the immune system and allergies!

  • G

    Please do an episode for when carnivorous plants ruled the earth

  • rockguru14

    Me when I'm sober: PBS Eons Me when I'm high: Bill Wurtz

  • Polash Quadhi
    Polash Quadhi

    Somehow USA has to find everything's origin in Egypt, even if you find it somewhere else you must find another one in Egypt.

  • linlin lixin
    linlin lixin

    Sorry, but cats domesticated humans.

  • The Macz1
    The Macz1

    Poor cat was murdered

  • KnowComment

    Just as a point of reference here regarding feral cats, when they were introduced to the Americas they wiped out several native species of bird. Wiped out as in extinct. With any other such introduction of a non-native species causing that much environmental damage we would have considered them a pest and had them eradicated. Just food for thought

  • Daniel Lewis
    Daniel Lewis

    I want to go to Cyprus now

  • TornadoOfTerror _
    TornadoOfTerror _

    These cats are so adorable TvT

  • binyamin2021

    @PBS Eons, I know you already made a video on Ediacran life, but could you make a video talking about the divergence of animals and fungi (or holozoa and holomycota?)?! Thank you!

  • 1 minute ago
    1 minute ago

    I hate cats

  • touraj azmoudeh
    touraj azmoudeh

    but really DID WE?!!!

  • Ch L
    Ch L

    Much peed on my playstation

  • Parker Addams
    Parker Addams

    "we" domesticated cats. they chose this.

  • Canzandridas Joe
    Canzandridas Joe

    I started with PBS Space Time, and now I'm hooked to PBS Eons... I don't really know if I want or should check if there're more

  • Balaji Ponnusamy
    Balaji Ponnusamy

    Ancient human used cats to clean their mess within their settlements but what's happening today?

  • King Tua
    King Tua

    Can we domesticate crocodiles

  • Nickolas H
    Nickolas H

    Who else here is from Cyprus? We the kitty island of Europe. 😊🐱🐈

  • HiWetcam

    See the disgusting bent spine ‘ideal’ German Shepherd pic at time 5:00?

  • Harry Lime
    Harry Lime

    Cats are still kill for thrill animals. That has never been bread out of them. They kill to kill, not just to eat.. Australia has a real problem with feral cats.. harmless animals in Australia that have lived there for thousands of years like the koala bear and the sloth are being wiped out by feral cats. it is not known how many species of indigenous animals that have lived in Australia for thousands of years have already been wiped out by the cat ...

  • xenomorph özkan n
    xenomorph özkan n

    I live in cyprus and ı have 5 cats

  • Wassoll Das
    Wassoll Das

    Is a cat actually "domesticated"? I mean, usualy we use "domesticated" on lifeforms, that have, from one point onwards, an evolution that is controlled by humans instead of nature and by this clearly differ to the non-domesticated variant by DNA. Humans domesticated wheat/corn and fruits and vegetables, horses and sheep and goats and dogs. But cats? If cats are domesticated, then the genepool of house cats would need to be different from the genepool of wild cats. Their genepool would need to be optimized for a life alongside humans. (Like dogs genepool is. Human took a wolf and cleansed the genepool from everything he doesnt like and then he picked very rare genetical traits that he liked and made them so common that every single dog has them. THATS what is called "Domesticated". Thats totaly different from "tame". "Tame" is = the animal has LEANED to exist alongside humans. "Domesticated" means, the animals DNA was altered to perfectly exist alongside humans. Thats why one usualy warns from "tame" wild animals. BEcause their DNA is still wild, they can suddenly turn back to wild behavior. Domesticated animals should have that behavior removed from their genepool. At least mostly.

  • EbuHasan sabbah
    EbuHasan sabbah

    Human cant domesticate cats cats domesticates humans

  • Bahrain

    9500 years ago he had a boat !! How did he get to Cyprus

  • scotttufts

    Think about the 18 hundreds where cats will hunt rabbits and flay them for you oh wait that was 1997 for me

  • Photo Finish
    Photo Finish

    This story is just one big play on words.

  • Photo Finish
    Photo Finish

    Dumping grounds, just like the British dumping pigeons everywhere.

  • frep you
    frep you

    are you sure the cats did not domesticate humans ^_-

  • Shadow Realm
    Shadow Realm

    Cars rule the word

  • Agustin Mario Quiroga
    Agustin Mario Quiroga

    You guys got anything on the peopling of the Americas ?

  • Lorkhanable

    I have a question for a video! Why do some Asian peoples have thin eyes?

  • Peter Walker
    Peter Walker

    Yes well, if they were 10 times larger our relationship with them would be somewhat different ...

  • mr spring
    mr spring

    Do a video on evolution of ants

  • TANGT2

    I saw a feral cat in a plantation yesterday, I was happy to see cats living in natural habitats.

  • Sujay Shah
    Sujay Shah

    Cats: "How We Domesticated Humans (Twice)"