What are Felis silvestris?

  • (noun): Bushy-tailed European wildcat resembling the domestic tabby and regarded as the ancestor of the domestic cat.
    Synonyms: European wildcat, catamountain

Some articles on felis, silvestris, felis silvestris:

Cat - Taxonomy and Evolution
... Within this family, domestic cats (Felis catus) are part of the genus Felis, which is a group of small cats containing approximately seven species (depending upon classification scheme) ... Members of the genus are found worldwide and include the jungle cat (Felis chaus) of southeast Asia, European wildcat (F ... silvestris silvestris), African wildcat (F ...
African Wildcat - Subspecies Origin
... DNA study of 979 domestic and wild cats from Europe, Asia, and Africa, Felis silvestris lybica split off from the European wildcat about 173,000 years ... About 10,000 years ago, some Felis silvestris lybica individuals were domesticated in the Middle East ... None of the other subspecies of Felis silvestris contributed to the domestic breed, and many of those subspecies' own mtDNA is being swamped by interbreeding with feral ...