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If only Darwinism were usually this kind of charming nonsense

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One reader hails this as the best title ever for a science paper: Where there are girls, there are cats (Elsevier)


The growing population of outdoor free-ranging cats poses an increasingly serious threat to biodiversity. Identifying the strategies that outdoor free-ranging cats apply to live with humans is an interesting research topic. In this study, we provided robust estimates of free-ranging cat density in 30 universities in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. We found that the population density of free-ranging cats is linearly related to the proportion of female students in the university. An online questionnaire confirmed that human females were more concerned about the living conditions of free-ranging cats than human males in China. By contrast, a socialization test on 27 free-ranging cats suggests that the cats may have the ability to distinguish human sex and adopt a sociable skill to human females. This study leaves an interesting coevolution story between humans and cats and suggests that human sex may be an important factor to consider in cat population managements and wildlife conservation.

Keywords: Free-ranging cat Feral cat Human sex ratio Socialization test

Is this a gag? Maybe. But most Darwinian theses sound like gags anyway. See, for example, “The evolutionary psychologist knows why you vote — and shop, and tip at restaurants”

h, but when we checked this morning,…

TEMPORARY REMOVAL: Where there are girls, there are cats

Yuhang Li, Yue Wan,Yigui Zhang, Zhaomei Gong, Zhongqiu Li p1

The publisher regrets that this article has been temporarily removed. A replacement will appear as soon as possible in which the reason for the removal of the article will be specified, or the article will be reinstated.

The full Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal can be found at

Seriously, the big problem with the thesis is the obvious one. It’s a bridge too far. Cats have doubtless co-evolved with humans for a long time. They adapt readily to living in human environments. If taken from their feline mothers shortly after weaning and neutered, they are very willing to build relationships with humans rather than with other cats. It’s possible that cats, given a choice, prefer female humans to males because all humans are substitutes for Mommy Kitty. But it would take much more study to demonstrate that as a fact.

Meanwhile: Rawr. Hiss. Rrrrrrrr….

See also:

Study: Cats do recognize their names

Cats DO bond with people. In a study noted in Nature, both cats and kittens showed about the same level of attachment to caregivers as children and dogs did

2 Replies to “If only Darwinism were usually this kind of charming nonsense

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    bornagain77 says:

    In other news, the evolutionary relationship between cats and rats just took a turn for the worse

    Cat sees rat….

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    Axel says:

    One or more kittens within the same litter may well take immediately to human beings, more than to their siblings. Indeed, the others may show a positive dislike to humans, exclusively favouring their siblings. And I doubt it is mostly due to imprinting.

    We chose one that turned out to have the extraordinary personality of the most humanly-oriented Siamese cats. The rest of the litter showed a very antisocial disdain.

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