WILD CAT INDEX

About The Wild Cat Index

All cats around the world share the same common ancestor from about 10.8 million years ago. The progressive evolution of the common ancestor eventually led to the development of 37 modern cat species. According to ancient feline DNA analysis, the most recent wild ancestor of domestic cats, in particular, seems to be the African wildcat (lat. Felis silvestris lybica) (Ottoni et al, 2017).