Evolution of house cats

Scientific American has a nice piece by Carlos A. Driscoll, Juliet Clutton-Brock, Andrew C. Kitchener and Stephen J. O’Brien on the evolution of domestic cats. Juliet, Andrew and I have written on hybridization between Arctic wolves (Canis lupus arctos) and domestic dogs (see pdf here) and Andrew and I have been frequent collaborators on projects examining morphological variation in carnivores and other groups (see here). We’re currently finishing up a paper on morphological variation in European beavers (Castor fiber) and its implications for the reintroduction of the species to Scotland.