Hi - There has been impressive research tracking the History of Cats in
Australia by Ian Abbott, which involved searching 100s of historical documents
such as explorers reports:
"The spread of the cat, Felis catus, in Australia: re-examination of the
current conceptual model with additional information"
This paper updates the 2002 paper in Wildlife Research below, that I have'nt
Abbott, I. (2002) Origin and spread of the cat, Felis catus, on mainland
Australia, with a discussion of the magnitude of its early impact on native
fauna. Wildlife Research 29, 51–74.
Its probably impossible to totally discount cat arrival by Macassans [dutch,
egyptians?], but the data presented which suggests much later arrival is quite
strong (in my opinion).
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