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Reuters reports that researchers at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris have unearthed a cat that was buried beside a human in a Cyprus tomb 9,500 years ago. It had been previously thought that feline domestication originally occured in Egypt around 4,00 years ago.
"The burial of a complete cat without any signs of butchering reminds us of human burials and emphasizes the animal as an individual," the researchers wrote.
"The joint burial could also imply a strong association between two individuals, a human and a cat. In addition, the young cat might have been killed in order to be buried at the same time as the human."
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