This is not surprising, as the population of wildcats in Britain only became separated from the European wildcat
at the end of the last ice age, about 7000-9000 years ago--a relatively short time in terms of mammalian speciation (Yalden, 1999).
Also, whereas it was previously thought that there were at least four genetically separate species of small cat - the house cat, the Asiatic wildcat, the European wildcat
and the African wildcat - it is now recognised that all of the species are anatomically identical.
Turkey, a natural land bridge connecting Europe and Asia, was historically home to a myriad of mammalian species, including a full complement of carnivores such as the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), gray wolf (Canis lupus), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), brown bear (Ursus arctos), Anatolian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), caracal (Felis caracal), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), golden jackal (Canis aureus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), European wildcat
(Felis silvestris caucasica), pine marten (Martes martes), and other smaller mustelid species.