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Sunday, July 08, 2012

a leisurely look back at cats in history

Summer has come at last to our sticky corner of the Pacific NW.  Today it will be sunny and 81 degrees.  The waterfront beckons, Elizabeth kitty yells to go outside for her supervised short trip to the back lawn, and last but not least a neat stack of work remains for me to complete by Monday.  
But I did find a couple of neat things to share with you regarding cats and their history.  The first, a Smithsonian article from 2007, tells us that scientists now think the house cat may have been hanging with us for 12,000 years.  Read A Brief History of House Cats.
The second, in the Vintage Photo Time vein, is a post at BuzzFeed:  "Cats in History," with a great collection of photos from the 1800s and 1990s.  You'll have seen a couple of these before, but mostly they're new to the Museum, and what's more there's a picture of a fistful of baby leopards!  Or cheetahs.  They're pretty tiny.  Hard to tell.  You go look.

1 comment:

Katnip Lounge said...

Those claws look retractable, I think they are leopard kits!