Archive for June 29th, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards Explains It All To You

Apparently, hate speech is bad. Who knew?

(h/t Greg Sargent)

June 29th, 2007 at 08:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans

Zoo Photoblogging

Some zoo pictures. I’ll probably have a lot more from the DC zoo, but I haven’t even finished processing my 1500 New York photos yet…

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A lemur of some sort.

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Crane, or stork. I have no idea what the difference is. It kinda looks like he’s about to check his mail…

5 comments June 29th, 2007 at 07:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Nature,Photoblogging

Friday Ancestral Catblogging

NYT knows Friday is the day for cats:

Some 10,000 years ago, somewhere in the Near East, an audacious wildcat crept into one of the crude villages of early human settlers, the first to domesticate wheat and barley. There she felt safe from her many predators in the region, such as hyenas and larger cats.

The rodents that infested the settlers’ homes and granaries were sufficient prey. Seeing that she was earning her keep, the settlers tolerated her, and their children greeted her kittens with delight.

At least five females of the wildcat subspecies known as Felis silvestris lybica accomplished this delicate transition from forest to village. And from these five matriarchs all the world’s 600 million house cats are descended.


The wildcat DNA closest to that of house cats came from 15 individuals collected in the deserts of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the researchers say. The house cats in the study fell into five lineages, based on analysis of their mitochondrial DNA, a type that is passed down through the female line. Since the oldest archaeological site with a cat burial is about 9,500 years old, the geneticists suggest that the founders of the five lineages lived around this time and were the first cats to be domesticated.

Wheat, rye and barley had been domesticated in the Near East by 10,000 years ago, so it seems likely that the granaries of early Neolithic villages harbored mice and rats, and that the settlers welcomed the cats’ help in controlling them.

Unlike other domestic animals, which were tamed by people, cats probably domesticated themselves, which could account for the haughty independence of their descendants. “The cats were adapting themselves to a new environment, so the push for domestication came from the cat side, not the human side,” Dr. Driscoll said.

I suspect the cats would disagree about who domesticated who.

June 29th, 2007 at 11:50am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Science

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from The Flower Of My Secret, which I remember absolutely nothing about:

Those skinheads always stare at me. I don’t know why.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

The shadowy and mysterious Codename B. appears to have gone a bit punk.

June 29th, 2007 at 07:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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