Saturday, January 07, 2006

Cat Evolution Nailed Down...

...unlike anything else even remotely cat-related.

This article in the NY Times about Cat Evolution is great! It's good to see the "paper of record" give such a strong write-up on solid science.

The part I found most interesting was that the common housecat most likely sprang from a "New World" lineage that back-migrated to Asia. I don't know why, but I've apparently always had this image of the Bering land bridge as being a one-way deal, and that's just silly, since there's no bar to moving both ways. I've just never heard of another species migrating from the Americas back to Eurasia like this.

Much niftiness!

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