June 11, 2009

WE ARE ALL DESIGNISTS NOW:

The Evolution of House Cats: Genetic and archaeological findings hint that wildcats became house cats earlier--and in a different place--than previously thought (Carlos A. Driscoll, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Andrew C. Kitchener and Stephen J. O'Brien, 6/10/09, Scientific American Magazine)

The house cat has not stopped evolving, though—far from it. Armed with artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization technology, cat breeders today are pushing domestic cat genetics into uncharted territory: they are hybridizing house cats with other felid species to create exotic new breeds. The Bengal and the Caracat, for example, resulted from crossing the house cat with the Asian leopard cat and the caracal, respectively. The domestic cat may thus be on the verge of an unprecedented and radical evolution into a multispecies composite whose future can only be imagined.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 11, 2009 6:01 AM
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