Din păcate nu am aici spațiu să intru în toate detaliile acestei surprinzătoare teorii care vine să ofere soluția unuia dintre cele mai mari mistere ale paleontologiei: apariția primilor hominizi, supraviețuirea lor și apoi dispariția lor pentru a îi face loc lui Homo Erectus.
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4.4 million years ago – Ardipithecus ramidus, a non-cat using woodland biped makes first contact with Felis attica, the ancestor of all modern small cats, which was about the same size as a modern house cat.
4.2 to 3.9 million years ago – Australopithecus anamensis, a transitional species, learns to make full use of the cat which enabled its move onto the savanna.
3.9 to 2.4 million years ago – Australopithecus afarensis is fully adapted to life on the savanna using cats for subsistence, defense and shelter. Those Felis atticas in association with hominines evolve into Felis lunensis. Wild Felis atticas evolve into various species of small wild cats.
2.4 to 1.8 million years ago – Homo habilis, another transitional species, loses the use of cats and is forced to find other means of support. During this period, other cat using hominines such a A. africanus and the robust australopithecines failed to make the transition to non-cat life and went extinct. This population crash of Felis lunensis forces the evolution of Felis silvestris, the modern African Wild Cat, as the surviving cats return to the wild.
1.8 million years ago – Homo erectus is now fully adapted to life without cats. Felis silvestris is fully adapted to life without hominines.
4000 years ago – Homo sapiens re-domesticate the cat. Felis silvestris evolves into Felis catus, the modern domestic cat.
Two million years of being carried around as a defensive weapon may account for the modern cat’s desire to be held. This carrying of cats, while almost certainly not the cause of bipedalism in Homo, would certainly have reinforced the use of a bipedal posture.
As anyone who has ever petted a cat during dry weather (weather like that on the African savanna) knows, cat fur has the potential for producing enormous amounts of static electricity. […] The australopithecines may not have needed to rub the cats against their bodies themselves; the cats would have done it automatically. A few hundred generations of selective breeding of cats could easily have produced this behavior; this is a wink of an eye in evolutionary terms. Millions of years later, modern cats still show vestiges of this behaviour.
What Did the Cats Get Out of It?
Basically the same thing they get out of humans today, minus the canned cat food. Protection for their kittens would have been the most important thing, but the cats would have also appreciated a warm body to curl up next to at night, and something that only a hominine can provide, fingers to scratch that spot on the neck that can’t be gotten to any other way. As any cat owner will tell you, the bond between cat and human is a deep one that goes beyond physical needs.