From the New York Times, here's an article on the ancestry of domestic cats, based on a DNA study performed by NCI scientists. The team traced all modern housecats back to five matriarch cats who lived some 10,000 years ago. "Unlike other domestic animals, which were tamed by people, cats probably domesticated themselves, which could account for the haughty independence of their descendants," the article says.

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