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its darker colour and better defined markings on the flanks and legs, though this subspecific classification may not be justified, as there is considerable variation within Scottish wildcat populations.It measures 47–66 cm in body length, 26–33 cm in tail length, and weighs 2.35-7.26 kg.The tail has a black tip, and only three distinct, black transverse rings.Similar to caucasica, measuring 44–74 cm in body length, 24–36 cm in tail length, and weighing 2.045–6 kg.Within possibly 10,000 years, the steppe wildcat spread eastwards into Asia and southwards to Africa.
The wildcat shows a high degree of geographic variation.
The association of wildcats with humans appears to have developed along with the growth of agricultural villages during the Neolithic Revolution, with wildcats preying on rodents that infested the grain stores of early farmers.
In subsequent decades, several naturalists and explorers described wildcats from European, African and Asian countries.
In contrast, European wildcat kittens develop much more slowly.
The bacula of European domestic cats bear closer resemblance to those of local, rather than African wildcats, thus indicating that crossbreeding between housecats and wildcats of European origin has been extensive.The tail is long, and usually slightly exceeds one-half of the animal's body length.