- Cats travelled with Vikings!
- This is one of the findings in a study of DNA sequenced from 290 cats which came from 30 archaeological sites in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
- According to the study performed by Eva-Maria Geigl and colleagues from the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris, cats spread across the world in 2 waves.
- First at the birth of agriculture in eastern Mediterranean and second when they moved from Egypt to Asia and Africa, most likely through seafaring people such as Vikings.
- In both cases, cats were most likely kept around because of their ability to keep rodent numbers down.
- Some proof? A cat with Egyptian mitochondrial DNA was found on a Viking site in Northern Germany dating between 700 and 1000 AD!