Viking Cats – DNA Study Shows the Crucial Role Felines Played in Viking Life

The Vintage News | 4/12/2019 | Staff
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After conducting extensive research, scientists believe that they have stumbled upon an interesting revelation concerning the history of cats, a species which is among the world’s most popular pets today. New findings suggest that eons before cats became household pets across the globe, they were the frequent companions of ancient Vikings, in some cases accompanying them as they sailed across the globe.

The first-ever major examination and analysis of ancient DNA from our feline friends provided these rather unexpected preliminary conclusions about the history of cats. Researchers first shared their findings with the world at the 2016 edition of the International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology, an event which was held in Oxford, UK.

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Researchers Eva-Maria Geigl, Thierry Grange, and Claudio Ottoni were the scientists who chaired the discussion of the study at the symposium. As reported in the journal Nature, samples of DNA from over 200 cats which lived from roughly 15,000 years ago to as late as 300 years ago were used in this study – in other words, from just before humans got into agriculture, leading all the way up to the 18th century.

Among other things, the report states that analysis conducted of cat DNA retrieved from an early Viking settlement found in Germany suggests that the history of our feline friends is heavily intertwined with that of Vikings, so much so that the latter probably kept them in their homes or on board their ships as they sailed the world.

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The researchers support their conclusion based on information gathered concerning early Middle-Eastern cats, specifically, that their growth in numbers was as a direct result of farming practices during that time. Geigl argues that these cats enjoyed hunting the mice which were drawn to the grains sown in the fields. When humans realized that these animals hunted the mice which were...
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