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Genomes, food and microorganisms in the (pre)history of cat-human interactions

Project description

The cat-human relationship

Cats and humans have a long relationship. However, the biological and cultural trajectories behind the evolution of cat-human interactions across time are unknown. The EU-funded FELIX project will analyse over 800 archaeological samples of cats dating back 10 000 years until the 18th and 19th centuries from archaeological sites in Europe, the Near and Middle East, and North Africa to gain insights into the cat-human relationship. The project will focus on three areas: genomes, diet and microorganisms, which are three fundamental variables strongly influenced by the domestication process. FELIX's work will provide a new perspective on the animal domestication debate and the unique biological and ecological features that shaped cat domestication.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-COG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 999 420

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 999 420
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments