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Wild or Domestic? Biometric Variation in the Cat Felis silvestris Schreber

By T.P. O'Connor

Abstract

Investigation of modern biometric data indicates that it may be possible to distinguish wildcats from house cats in many instances. Applying the log-ratio (log-difference) technique to archaeological samples from medieval northern Europe, and to mixed samples of wildcats and house cats, shows that the differentiation may not always be clear, and the possibility that some samples include hybrids is discussed. The technique is applied to samples from the Orkney Islands to demonstrate that single wildcat specimens can be identified in small samples. Copyright (C) 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1002/oa.913
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:3700

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