The history of the world according to cats - Eva-Maria Geigl

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  • Published: 03 January 2019
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    In ancient times, wildcats were fierce carnivorous hunters. And unlike dogs, who have undergone centuries of selective breeding, modern cats are genetically very similar to ancient cats. How did these solitary, fierce predators become our sofa sidekicks? Eva-Maria Geigl traces the domestication of the modern house cat.

    Lesson by Eva-Maria Geigl, directed by Chintis Lundgren.

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  • Frεε Heart and Paw Necklace on my Profile

    Aww adorable! 🐱💖

    • Cosmic Productions
      Cosmic Productions  3 days back

      Everyone gangsta ‘till the wildcats pull up with biceps the size of my head

      • Ali Khan
        Ali Khan  5 days back

        "the earlier cats were LESS social toward humans..."
        man, how less social you gotta be to be called "Less Social" than a pet that practically walks through you and goes into hiding like Edward Snowden every time you have people over

        • McAmber
          McAmber  6 days back

          Awesome video ^^ 👍👍😉😎

          • leah marco
            leah marco  7 days back

            I love meow meoew

            • Burak Karadeniz
              Burak Karadeniz  1 weeks back

              arkadaş milliyetçilik yapmayayım diyorum ama dünya haritasında Türkiye nerede amk

              • Golon Wes
                Golon Wes  1 weeks back

                My cats have me wrapped around their little fingers, they have trained me to feed them at will. ...I think I'm in an abusive relationship, but they're so furry!

                • Ayca
                  Ayca  2 weeks back

                  *I 💓 DUBROVNIK*

                  • Daydream Cloud
                    Daydream Cloud  2 weeks back

                    Teacher: Why are you laughing?
                    Me: nothing
                    My brain: *m u s c u l a r c a t*

                    • NUWA TORRES
                      NUWA TORRES  2 weeks back

                      Cat: and there, my kittens, is how we have taken over life and domesticated humans, despite what they think they know about us.

                      Kittens: 😯👍 ooooh

                      • revieman1
                        revieman1  2 weeks back

                        GNU Terry Pratchet

                        • Cosmo Coralles
                          Cosmo Coralles  2 weeks back

                          I swear my cat only sees me as a portable food dispenser.

                          • Pepe Greenfrog
                            Pepe Greenfrog  3 weeks back

                            Cool video! Are you on BitChute?

                            • Faux Manchu
                              Faux Manchu  3 weeks back

                              God created the cat so that man can caress the tiger.

                              • oldman bob
                                oldman bob  3 weeks back

                                this whole universe may change, but not cat

                                • Kitty of the Deep
                                  Kitty of the Deep  4 weeks back

                                  *Ciel?*

                                  • e-meme-io
                                    e-meme-io  4 weeks back

                                    The Bismark was a he

                                    • NHMO OYTIS
                                      NHMO OYTIS  4 weeks back

                                      Er, cats aren’t domesticated they just mind their manners. When they frickin’ feel like it.

                                      • Jim Desiderati
                                        Jim Desiderati  4 weeks back

                                        The Graphics are hilarious! My favorite parts are @ 3:28 and 4:12 "...creatures that don't see us as their keepers..." Sooo true!

                                        • Dana Dau.
                                          Dana Dau.  4 weeks back

                                          Who voiced the cat? I have a mighty need to
                                          Know

                                          • Flying Gorilla
                                            Flying Gorilla  4 weeks back

                                            That one guy looks like he got a nose taller than Doug dimmadome’s hat

                                            • Brianana Yang
                                              Brianana Yang  4 weeks back

                                              “Feed me peasants”

                                              • Cora Eshere
                                                Cora Eshere  4 weeks back

                                                Apparently Ancient Egyptians all looked like Lord Farquaad

                                                • Devan Harker
                                                  Devan Harker  1 months back

                                                  were not the owners were the cats slaves

                                                  • aegideus
                                                    aegideus  1 months back

                                                    Dogs: ah, yes, this wild animal has some useful traits. I will carefully breed for the most useful traits, while breeding out traits that I consider undesirable. I will condition this creature to be fiercely loyal, to love me unconditionally, and to be utterly dependent on me.
                                                    Dog: I present my head for scratchings, because you are my master, and I live for your approval.
                                                    Human: It pleases me to accept your devotion.

                                                    Cats: oh, looks like a wild animal has wandered into my barn. Should I chase it out? Nah, looks like all it's eating are the rats. Oh, it successfully hunted out all the rats, and is running low on food? Well, I'll give it some scraps to keep it around in case the rats come back.
                                                    Human: May I scratch your head?
                                                    Cat: ... I consent to this behavior


                                                    Edit: fixed a typo

                                                    • Alan Rizkallah
                                                      Alan Rizkallah  1 months back

                                                      Better that we do not anger our fine feline deities.

                                                      • SgtBaker16
                                                        SgtBaker16  1 months back

                                                        Only 3 of the HMS Hood's crew survived. Let that sink in.

                                                        • Kid Peligro
                                                          Kid Peligro  1 months back

                                                          So in short, dogs underwent significant changes for thousands of years to accommodate their human friends while cats on the other hand be like:

                                                          "Screw you hooman, I am not going to change just for you. What you see is what you get." 🤣

                                                          • chitsb
                                                            chitsb  1 months back

                                                            A fun video on how the cat got domesticated. Or did it?

                                                            • gato_feliz
                                                              gato_feliz  1 months back

                                                              In soviet egipt, cats worship you.

                                                              • CheezyShrek
                                                                CheezyShrek  2 months back

                                                                how do cats stand the sea? or at least water???

                                                                • Who re
                                                                  Who re  2 months back

                                                                  Cats rule

                                                                  • Mr. Moo Cow
                                                                    Mr. Moo Cow  2 months back

                                                                    0:25 Unsinkable Sam: I hope it doesn't happen again...


                                                                    0:38 Also Unsinkable Sam: I just jinxed it... #DejaVuInitialD

                                                                    • annie x
                                                                      annie x  2 months back

                                                                      cats domesticated themselves


                                                                      that cats determination to be friends with humans is admirable

                                                                      • PArAdoX
                                                                        PArAdoX  2 months back

                                                                        figures the know it alls still say pets cant form emotional bonds.
                                                                        in other words, im not surprised by the lack of study that went into that specific aspect.


                                                                        give my cats all the food, water, toys, shelter, and freedom they want, but if my family goes on vacation for 3 days my cats will be looking stressed and unkept when we get home. so to say theres not a deeper bond then the "just a wild animal" suggested, id respond with a "FoS"

                                                                        • JOTARO, KUJO
                                                                          JOTARO, KUJO  2 months back

                                                                          That cat meows gave me Knightmares

                                                                          • Petra Planinc
                                                                            Petra Planinc  2 months back

                                                                            Dubrovnik ❤️

                                                                            • Dave Davis
                                                                              Dave Davis  2 months back

                                                                              So basically, cats domesticated the human to ITS will.

                                                                              • Seky s
                                                                                Seky s  2 months back

                                                                                2:21 Dubrovnik

                                                                                • Comrade Stalin
                                                                                  Comrade Stalin  2 months back

                                                                                  All the hunting my cat does is trying to attack my foot under my blankets lol

                                                                                  • João Paulo Salvatori
                                                                                    João Paulo Salvatori  2 months back

                                                                                    The meowing is very cringy.

                                                                                    • Luis Hernandez
                                                                                      Luis Hernandez  2 months back

                                                                                      I still don't like cats :p

                                                                                      • Dmenace
                                                                                        Dmenace  2 months back

                                                                                        My Dad was one of Australia's last old-school brass helmet pearl divers. He had a ship's cat on his pearling lugger that would jump over the side as soon as they dropped anchor. He'd catch his own dinner and haul the fish back onboard. My little fur ball is an an Abyssinian cross and she definitely still has an element of African wild cat in her.

                                                                                        • Connie Schaffer
                                                                                          Connie Schaffer  2 months back

                                                                                          I have had the honor of having cats for my best friends! The fact that some cultures eat cats makes me sick. They are sick people!!

                                                                                          • spacelover132123
                                                                                            spacelover132123  2 months back

                                                                                            Cats are lactose intolerant

                                                                                            • Burnt Orange
                                                                                              Burnt Orange  2 months back

                                                                                              Does anybody out there know where I can find the short animated video of the cat who thought his owner left and he started looking for areas to use for his bathroom?? I can't find it anywhere. When she came home, she was upset when she saw where he pooped at. So funny.

                                                                                              • RUBENSKI
                                                                                                RUBENSKI  3 months back

                                                                                                *M E O W W ! ! !*

                                                                                                • Cyrus _p
                                                                                                  Cyrus _p  3 months back

                                                                                                  "sofa sidekick" is the best description of a cat I've ever heard lmao