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The winter ecology of the feral cat, Felis catus (Linnaeus 1758), at Wedge Island, Tasmania


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Jay, CLB 1995 , 'The winter ecology of the feral cat, Felis catus (Linnaeus 1758), at Wedge Island, Tasmania', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The domestic or house cat Felis catus (Carnivora: Felidae) is usually believed to be
derived from the African or Arabian wildcat Felis sylvestris lybica (Randi and Ragni
1991, Bradshaw 1992). Circumstantial evidence suggests that domestication began
about 8000 BP in the eastern Mediterranean (Zeuner 1958, le Brunet al. 1987) and
continued until 4000 BP in the Middle East and perhaps also in the valley of the Indus
(Baldwin 1975, Ahmad et al. 1980). Paintings and sculptures of cats from the
Eighteenth Dynasty confirm that cats were fully domesticated and living in close
association with humans in Egypt by 3600 BP (Clutton-Brock 1981, Serpell 1988).
Domestic cats spread slowly from Egypt, but occupied much of Europe prior to the
spread of the Roman Empire (Waldren et al. 1984, Kitchener 1991). In the last 2000
years domestic cats have been transported actively on sailing vessels to most parts of
the world (Lumpkin 1993), either for food, their ability to control ship-borne rodents
or as pets (Dickman 1995).

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Jay, CLB
Keywords: Jay, C
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