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Science of Cats - Region 2 National Geographic DVD

Science of Cats - Region 2 National Geographic DVD
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Manufacturer: National Geographic
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“From wild predator to pet: Nat Geo shows us the scientific evidence of how our moggies may well be related to the cats revered by the Pharaohs”

Since the time man and cat first crossed paths, our laps and lives have rarely been void of Felis catus, the domesticated cat.

More than 600 million cats reside in households across six continents. They may have even dethroned dogs as humans' favourite pets (in ownership). But where and when did the cat become one of our closest companions?

Somewhere in the annals of history, the cat made the leap from the wild predator to favoured pet. Many scientists believe that it happened thousands of years ago, with just a few wildcat pioneers, which formed a special bond with man. To home in on the ancient site where this occurred, scientists analyse the genetic, archaeological and historic evidence.

The programme looks at the work of cat geneticist Leslie Lyons of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and graduate student Monika Lipinski that traces the ancestry of the domestic cat to the ancient Middle East. They consider the genetic diversity of today's cats as an indicator of how and when cats first became man's favourite pet.

Particularly interesting is the DNA study of cats from around the globe through samples and mouth swabs. Leslie studies and compares the genetic signatures from all these cats, as well as from the mummified remains of 3,000 year old Egyptian cats.

Other highlights include:

  • the incredible hearing, vision and speed of domestic cats
  • radio collaring and tracking wild cats (Felis silvestris) in Portugal
  • taking mouth swabs of the very large feral cats in Egypt's Abu Simbel
  • breeding and manipulation to 'design' hairless cats for allergy sufferers
  • genetic defects that have been bred into today’s cats as a result of man’s quest for purr-fection

This documentary is part of the National Geographic 'Explorer' series and contains the latest in scientific evidence that reveals how the domestic cat set off on a long journey to conquer the world.

Narrated by Peter Coyote.
Produced by National Geographic Television (2008).


Region:             Region 0 (region-free)

Video format:     PAL

Sound:              Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo

Language:         English

Subtitles:          None

Screen size:      Widescreen

Duration:           50 mins approx + extras: previews of 4 other Nat Geo DVDs



This DVD is produced in PAL video format (UK/Europe/Australia/New Zealand/etc). Buyers in the USA, Canada, Japan and other NTSC regions should check compatibility with their equipment before purchasing this DVD. If in doubt, please contact us.

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