Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/17/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

There is new historical evidence that suggests ancient Chinese farmers bred them to halt mice infestations

The common house cat of today is there as an addition to a home - independent by nature, a cat is left to amuse itself save for those chilly winter nights when they jump into your lap for a cuddle. This wasn't always the case, as historians have now discovered that cats were bred by ancient Chinese farmer as far back as 5,000 years ago to fend off mice.

There had been hard scientific evidence that cats were first domesticated in ancient Egypt, where they were kept some 4,000 years ago.

There had been hard scientific evidence that cats were first domesticated in ancient Egypt, where they were kept some 4,000 years ago.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

12/17/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Cats, China, mice, domesticated, Egypt

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Scientists have uncovered evidence of a close relationship between humans and cats in the ancient village of Quanhucin, Shaanxi province. Bones from at least two cats shows they preyed on grain-eating animals, probably rodents.

According to the bone analysis, one of the cats had survived to an old age living in the village, while another had a diet suggesting it had scavenged human food or been fed.

Remains of an ancient rodent burrow from that same time in a grain storage pit, prove that the rodent-proof design of the grain pots indicated that rats and mice posed a serious problem for Quanhucin farmers.

"At least three different lines of scientific inquiry allow us to tell a story about cat domestication," Professor Fiona Marshall from the University of Washington says. "Our data suggest that cats were attracted to ancient farming villages by small animals such as rodents that were living on the grain that the farmers grew, ate and stored.

"Results of this study show that the village of Quanhucin was a source of food for the cats 5300 years ago, and the relationship between humans and cats was commensal, or advantageous for the cats.

"Even if these cats were not yet domesticated, our evidence confirms that they lived in close proximity to farmers, and that the relationship had mutual benefits."

There had been hard scientific evidence that cats were first domesticated in ancient Egypt, where they were kept some 4,000 years ago.

However, more recent findings point to a much earlier association with humans, including the discovery of a wild cat buried with a human nearly 10,000 years ago in Cyprus.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Asia Pacific

Clone livestock, racehorses, the family pet - China opens world's FIRST 'CLONING' FACTORY Watch

Image of The factory will include a 15,000 square meter laboratory, an animal center, a gene bank, and an exhibition hall. The facility is expected to open as soon as within the first six months of 2016.


China, leading the world in cloning technology, is set to open a multi-million dollar facility in order to clone racehorses, livestock, even the family pet. Officials hope that this brings the still-dodgy practice of cloning closer to mainstream respectability. ... continue reading

777 Capt: 'MH370 will be found within the next four to eight weeks' Watch

Image of Ocean Shield, one of the key recovery vessels leading the search for MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean.


A British pilot has predicted that Malaysian Airlines flight 370 will be found within the next four to eight weeks, based on his careful recreation of the plane's disappearance. The team searching for the plane is expected to move into the area where a mathematical ... continue reading

CONFIRMED: Bones found in Russian mineshaft are of Tsar Nicholas II Watch

Image of DNA testing has conclusively confirmed that human bones found in a Russian mineshaft belonged to onetime Russian leader Nicholas II.


Some of the mystery surrounding Russia's final tsar, has finally been laid to rest. DNA testing has conclusively confirmed that human bones found in a Russian mineshaft belonged to the onetime leader. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In addition, new samples ... continue reading

Koala baby Imogen - and Internet sensation celebrates her first birthday Watch

Image of Baby Imogen will be celebrating her first birthday with lots of eucalyptus leaves.


Adorable koala baby Imogen is celebrating her first birthday. An Internet sensation, the adorable Koala bear has captivated the world with her struggles to survive after her mother was used as a surrogate for another orphaned koala bear. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

You've never had Cotton Candy like this before! (Amazing Photo Gallery) Watch

Image of These new concoctions are created through highly detailed, precise work on the part of the confectioner.


Resembling psychedelic works of art, people are uploading pictures of the wacky creations of Chinese candy makers as they kick up the art of cotton candy to a whole new level. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chinese candy artisans are creating huge, elaborately ... continue reading

You won't believe dying man's final wish - he marries a SEX DOLL Watch

Image of Photos show the unnamed holding his plastic bride, dancing with her in a ballroom and taking a few candid shots of them in front of a make-up mirror.


Whether it's actually true or not is still a matter of debate, but it has the internet community in China buzzing. A 28-year-old man in Beijing, supposedly dying of terminal cancer, has married a sex doll! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A series of bizarre ... continue reading

Everything you need to know about the controversial Trans-Pacific trade deal Watch

Image of The agreement discourages imports of goods produced by forced labor, requiring members to adopt laws on acceptable working conditions.


It remains to be ratified - but if approved, the Pacific trade deal will free up commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy, particularly in Southeast Asia. Details about the agreement have been released. The agreement is intended to counter China's rising and ... continue reading

The shocking way YOU'RE supporting Christian persecution in Pakistan Watch

Image of Pakistani Muslims burn an image of Our Lady during one of their riots against Christians.


Christians are being slaughtered in Pakistan and the U.S. government continues to prop up the nation, which turns a blind eye to the violence. Because the foreign aid sent to Pakistan comes from taxpayers, you are essentially financing Christian persecution in the ... continue reading

China ends controversial 'one-child policy' after 35 years of extreme population control Watch

Image of


China has made the decision to abandon their "one-child policy." With the controversial law lifted, Chinese couples will now be allowed to have two children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Communist Party leadership met to discuss the growing concerns over ... continue reading

Two prehistoric lion cubs found - fur and all, in Sakha Republic Watch

Image of Two Eurasian lion cubs were found almost perfectly preserved in the permafrost near Siberia.


An adorable furry face beams up to modern man ten thousand years after it went extinct. Two remarkably preserved prehistoric lion cubs were discovered in the Sakha Republic in Russia over the summer. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The find is significant as ... continue reading

All Asia Pacific News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Happy Thanksgiving Day: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the ...
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • Bet you've never seen a space rocket do THIS!
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • St. John Berchmans: Saint of the Day for Thursday, November 26, 2015

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 6:12-28
12 These men came along in a body and found Daniel praying and pleading ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
68 Bless the Lord, dew and snow-storm, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:20-28
20 'When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you must realise ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 26th, 2015 Image

St. John Berchmans
November 26: Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at ... Read More