How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

A 9,500 year old burial in Cyprus represents some of the oldest known evidence of human/cat companionships anywhere in the world. But when did this close relationship between humans and cats start? And how did humans help cats take over the world?
Big thanks to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
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  1. meesalikeu

    meesalikeu2 саат мурун

    one thing is for sure, cats domesticated the internet

  2. Tizona Amanthia

    Tizona Amanthia3 саат мурун


  3. Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface

    Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface7 саат мурун

    Right Meow? That supposed to be some kind of joke at my expense? OFFENDED!

  4. Dan Ness

    Dan Ness7 саат мурун

    I suspect that 8 month old cat did something that killed both of them and scattered seashells all over the floor. Just sayin.

  5. Aydin Barnbrook

    Aydin Barnbrook7 саат мурун

    Honestly I think Schools would love to show this. Maybe even just get them to rewatch your videos or some of them. Honestly there are a lot better teachers on youtube than public schools. Your videos are perfect for elementary, kids would love to see this kind of stuff in my opinion.

  6. Frεε Heart and Paw Necklace on my Profile

    Frεε Heart and Paw Necklace on my Profile12 саат мурун

    Much gorgeous! 🐾💖

  7. Weekly Dive Dose

    Weekly Dive Dose16 саат мурун

    Very interesting, but you’re wrong from the title...cats have domesticated us 😅😉

  8. wheelmanstan

    wheelmanstan17 саат мурун

    that's why cats are awesome, they still look like their ancestors, therefore still capable and amazing, with the exception of persians and munchkins which are man-made abominations, how's that even legal, it's sad

  9. Le Visionarium

    Le Visionarium17 саат мурун

    Humans DID NOT domesticate cats. Cats domesticated themselves.

  10. oOoHCGoOo

    oOoHCGoOo18 саат мурун

    Cats be havin' sex super quick. You'll here a quick RAWR!!! and then they're done.

  11. Desert Moon

    Desert Moon21 саат мурун

    They will never be fully domesticated they should stay in the wild where they belong

  12. AisforInterval

    AisforInterval22 саат мурун

    This might be an odd topic, but would it be possible to cover the evolution of diseases? Like the oldest known ailments found in fossils, to the mysterious emergence of the bubonic plague? Or if that's not enough to work with, you could cover the evolution of the immune system and allergies!

  13. G

    G22 саат мурун

    Please do an episode for when carnivorous plants ruled the earth

  14. rockguru14

    rockguru14Күн мурун

    Me when I'm sober: PBS Eons Me when I'm high: Bill Wurtz

  15. Polash Quadhi

    Polash QuadhiКүн мурун

    Somehow USA has to find everything's origin in Egypt, even if you find it somewhere else you must find another one in Egypt.

  16. linlin lixin

    linlin lixinКүн мурун

    Sorry, but cats domesticated humans.

  17. The Macz1

    The Macz1Күн мурун

    Poor cat was murdered

  18. KnowComment

    KnowCommentКүн мурун

    Just as a point of reference here regarding feral cats, when they were introduced to the Americas they wiped out several native species of bird. Wiped out as in extinct. With any other such introduction of a non-native species causing that much environmental damage we would have considered them a pest and had them eradicated. Just food for thought

  19. Daniel Lewis

    Daniel LewisКүн мурун

    I want to go to Cyprus now

  20. TornadoOfTerror _

    TornadoOfTerror _Күн мурун

    These cats are so adorable TvT

  21. binyamin2021

    binyamin2021Күн мурун

    @PBS Eons, I know you already made a video on Ediacran life, but could you make a video talking about the divergence of animals and fungi (or holozoa and holomycota?)?! Thank you!

  22. 1 minute ago

    1 minute agoКүн мурун

    I hate cats

  23. touraj azmoudeh

    touraj azmoudehКүн мурун

    but really DID WE?!!!

  24. Ch L

    Ch L2 күн мурун

    Much peed on my playstation

  25. Parker Addams

    Parker Addams2 күн мурун

    "we" domesticated cats. they chose this.

  26. Canzandridas Joe

    Canzandridas Joe2 күн мурун

    I started with PBS Space Time, and now I'm hooked to PBS Eons... I don't really know if I want or should check if there're more

  27. Balaji Ponnusamy

    Balaji Ponnusamy2 күн мурун

    Ancient human used cats to clean their mess within their settlements but what's happening today?

  28. King Tua

    King Tua2 күн мурун

    Can we domesticate crocodiles

  29. Nickolas H

    Nickolas H2 күн мурун

    Who else here is from Cyprus? We the kitty island of Europe. 😊🐱🐈

  30. HiWetcam

    HiWetcam2 күн мурун

    See the disgusting bent spine ‘ideal’ German Shepherd pic at time 5:00?

  31. Harry Lime

    Harry Lime2 күн мурун

    Cats are still kill for thrill animals. That has never been bread out of them. They kill to kill, not just to eat.. Australia has a real problem with feral cats.. harmless animals in Australia that have lived there for thousands of years like the koala bear and the sloth are being wiped out by feral cats. it is not known how many species of indigenous animals that have lived in Australia for thousands of years have already been wiped out by the cat ...

  32. xenomorph özkan n

    xenomorph özkan n2 күн мурун

    I live in cyprus and ı have 5 cats

  33. Wassoll Das

    Wassoll Das2 күн мурун

    Is a cat actually "domesticated"? I mean, usualy we use "domesticated" on lifeforms, that have, from one point onwards, an evolution that is controlled by humans instead of nature and by this clearly differ to the non-domesticated variant by DNA. Humans domesticated wheat/corn and fruits and vegetables, horses and sheep and goats and dogs. But cats? If cats are domesticated, then the genepool of house cats would need to be different from the genepool of wild cats. Their genepool would need to be optimized for a life alongside humans. (Like dogs genepool is. Human took a wolf and cleansed the genepool from everything he doesnt like and then he picked very rare genetical traits that he liked and made them so common that every single dog has them. THATS what is called "Domesticated". Thats totaly different from "tame". "Tame" is = the animal has LEANED to exist alongside humans. "Domesticated" means, the animals DNA was altered to perfectly exist alongside humans. Thats why one usualy warns from "tame" wild animals. BEcause their DNA is still wild, they can suddenly turn back to wild behavior. Domesticated animals should have that behavior removed from their genepool. At least mostly.

  34. EbuHasan sabbah

    EbuHasan sabbah2 күн мурун

    Human cant domesticate cats cats domesticates humans

  35. Bahrain

    Bahrain2 күн мурун

    9500 years ago he had a boat !! How did he get to Cyprus

  36. scotttufts

    scotttufts2 күн мурун

    Think about the 18 hundreds where cats will hunt rabbits and flay them for you oh wait that was 1997 for me

  37. Photo Finish

    Photo Finish2 күн мурун

    This story is just one big play on words.

  38. Photo Finish

    Photo Finish2 күн мурун

    Dumping grounds, just like the British dumping pigeons everywhere.

  39. frep you

    frep you2 күн мурун

    are you sure the cats did not domesticate humans ^_-

  40. Shadow Realm

    Shadow Realm2 күн мурун

    Cars rule the word

  41. Agustin Mario Quiroga

    Agustin Mario Quiroga2 күн мурун

    You guys got anything on the peopling of the Americas ?

  42. Lorkhanable

    Lorkhanable2 күн мурун

    I have a question for a video! Why do some Asian peoples have thin eyes?

  43. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker2 күн мурун

    Yes well, if they were 10 times larger our relationship with them would be somewhat different ...

  44. mr spring

    mr spring2 күн мурун

    Do a video on evolution of ants

  45. TANGT2

    TANGT22 күн мурун

    I saw a feral cat in a plantation yesterday, I was happy to see cats living in natural habitats.

  46. Sujay Shah

    Sujay Shah2 күн мурун

    Cats: "How We Domesticated Humans (Twice)"

  47. Maxenne Dalgelish

    Maxenne Dalgelish2 күн мурун


  48. pepe6666

    pepe66662 күн мурун

    we domesticated them twice because they wanted in, then wanted out, then wanted in again

  49. Marwan Mohammed

    Marwan Mohammed2 күн мурун

    The cats chose us and we never chose them.there the boses

  50. Ryan M

    Ryan M2 күн мурун

    What is this guy talking about. There are way more than six hundred million people on the planet.

  51. drtyrrant king

    drtyrrant king2 күн мурун

    Leave that guys pet alone jezz

  52. Michael Knight

    Michael Knight2 күн мурун

    I am just going to say this and get it off my chest. This is a total ripoff of, "Today I found out"! Total rip off. I think if you look at the earlier episodes of that show though.... you have to say they are stupid. Hopefully this show gets it's own flavor.

  53. Galactic Vixen

    Galactic Vixen3 күн мурун

    Humans reading: *How we domesticated cats twice* Cats reading: *how we domesticated humans twice*

  54. Romeishome

    Romeishome3 күн мурун

    Ancient human: Hey cat. Domesticate? Ancient cat: I do what I want.


    XXXSUPREME3 күн мурун

    good video

  56. Buff Barnaby

    Buff Barnaby3 күн мурун

    Cyprus is The Pentagon for cats...planning to take over the world.

  57. Buff Barnaby

    Buff Barnaby3 күн мурун

    I leave faucet dripping so if I die kitty has water. She loves faucet water.

  58. Brenna Gilbertson

    Brenna Gilbertson3 күн мурун

    so can we undomesticate them again pls

  59. uhde1000

    uhde10003 күн мурун

    So I have 5 cats and they are outdoor and indoor cats and if we leave home for weeks at a time they can survive on there own by hunting and eating they also make there own shelter but if they want they also come inside and chill with us and eat from the food we give them so are they domesticated or not?

  60. Nikki With The Blog

    Nikki With The Blog3 күн мурун

    They are definitely not domesticated lol. I had a house cat from birth and when I tell you that was a damn wild cat. Even after being neutered. He ran away after 4 years. Probably out here living his best life.