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DNA Reveals How Domestic Cats Conquered the World

Today's prized show kitties and mixed-breed lap loungers trace back to felines that were deployed for rodent-eating duty on ships and farms.

The cat goddess Bastet, bronze statue. Egyptian civilisation, Saite period (XXVI Dynasty), 672-525 BC. | DeAgostini/Getty Images
Key to the global spread of cats were early shipping trade routes. | Martin Bahmann, Wikimedia Commons
A pair of mackerel tabby cats. | Wikimedia Commons